Peter Evans Partnership | World’s largest biomethane refuelling station opens following successful planning application
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World’s largest biomethane refuelling station opens following successful planning application

PEP who helped secure planning for the world’s largest renewable biomethane refueling station are pleased to see the Avonmouth, Bristol site now open for business.

It will serve a number of major brands including Royal Mail, Warburtons, Lidl and Amazon, as they switch to a more environmentally-friendly alternative to diesel.

The site is located near the M4/M5 junction and is capable of refuelling 80 HGVs per hour from 14-high speed dispensers. It’s a 24-hour, 7 day a week operation. The site is served by a 16m wide one-way entrance and 12m wide one-way exit.

PEP was appointed in 2019 to work with CNG Fuels, the UK’s leading operator of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refueling infrastructure and provider of compressed biomethane (Bio-CNG).

PEP’s compelling argument

PEP provided pre-application advice, together with a Transport Statement and an Addendum following changes to the scheme.

The team at PEP was able to show that the scheme would have no material impact on the local area, as HGVs were already travelling in the area. PEP tracked the site access for 18m articulated lorries (the maximum legal size vehicle that would use the site). And a Trip Generation review was also submitted.

PEP already has experience in the Avonmouth area of Bristol, having helped design the roundabout and warehousing schemes to the east.

Some facts on decarbonisation of the UK’s road haulage sector

According to the Department for Transport, the road haulage sector is responsible for 18% of total road transport emissions nationwide.

The CNG Fuels station in Avonmouth is expected to cut 70,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year by taking diesel HGVs off the road when it is fully utilised.

CNG Fuel’s Bio-CNG is biomethane 100% sourced from waste products, including food, animal and waste water.

PEP has extensive experience of the energy sector, from wind farms to solar farms, biomass to standby electric.


Photo credits: CNC Fuels