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World's first ECOLABELED fuel...methane from Sweden..60% increase in methane powered cars in last few years.

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Which Fuel Gets World's First Ecolabel? Methane, Naturally!
Source - NGV Global
Thursday, 11 December 2008 02:28

Methane from the Swedish company FordonsGas Sverige AB has received the accolade of 'world’s first ecolabelled fuel', having fulfilled the stringent criteria of the Nordic Ecolabel. The Ecolabel concept is intended to stimulate interest within the automotive industry for alternative fuels, thereby contributing to sustainable consumerism. It looks at the entire product lifecycle from the raw materials to the finished product, in this case the fuel that is available to consumers at petrol stations.

The Nordic Ecolabel was established in 1989 by the Nordic Council of Ministers to recognize sustainable-environment products. It is locally implemented by the governments of Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Finland, and is the official eco products label in the Nordic countries. Today it is the world’s leading eco products label with over 1000 licenses in Sweden alone, for a total of 66 product areas. Making the announcement in November this year, Ragnar Unge (CEO of the Swedish Nordic Ecolabel company), said,“Our goal is to help guide the way for future alternative fuels. Nordic Ecolabelled fuels are a much better alternative to petrol than fossil fuels, with proven reduced impact on the climate. We also hope to contribute to the development of more sustainable farming and increase the possibilities for better social and work conditions”.

According to the published report, interest in methane-powered cars has risen exponentially in Sweden. 15,000 cars and buses in Sweden use methane, an increase of 60% over the past few years. In Sweden, methane for fuel is a 50/50 mixture of fossil natural gas and biogas from digestion plants.

To qualify for the Ecolabel FordonsGas Sverige had to:
• Reduce emissions that negatively affect global warming and climate change
• Keep within the absolute threshold value for the amount of CO2 that may be released to the atmosphere during the entire lifecycle of the fuel
• Place restrictions on the total energy used at the production stage
• Conform with regards traceability of crops and certified sustainable farming
• Define limitations on health effects of these fuels

Anders Wijkman, a Member of the European Parliament who sits on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety says, “The use of methane as fuel has increased in several countries and I am convinced that methane will be an important factor in reaching our goal to substitute fossil fuels for renewable fuels”.
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