Connect2LNG opens filling stations in France and Germany

Connect2LNG, a consortium composed of leading consumer goods companies (Unilever and CHEP), as well as truck manufacturer (IVECO), LNG station operators (GNVERT and Rolande) and transport companies (Gilbert de Clercq and Jacky Perrenot) have announced the opening of five LNG stations.

The objective of the consortium is to convince and support freight cargo owners in their transition from diesel to LNG fuelling.

Extending the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fuelling infrastructure in Europe, with French sites in Tours, Metz and Roye developed by GNVERT and German sites in Ulm and Duisburg developed by Rolande, supports transport providers in their transition to an LNG compatible fleet. Increasing the number of fuelling stations and therefore making LNG more accessible will ultimately contribute to the reduction of the environmental impact of heavy-duty transport. Studies, presented by the Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe), show that the COemissions of LNG powered vehicles are approximately 8% lower than for vehicles powered by diesel*.

The consortium has focused on standardizing the LNG fuelling process, as well as safety procedures to ensure safe and efficient LNG fuelling. These standards and processes will be applied to further infrastructure being built throughout Europe by consortium members GNVERT and Rolande.


Connect2LNG is a project created under the Connecting Europe Facility and led by Unilever, as part of a consortium of companies and third-party Logistics providers (3PLs). Together the consortium is committed to finding ways to break through in the transition to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), which is a more sustainable and cost-effective fuel alternative. By agreeing longer-term volumes and routes, transporters can develop a real commercial business case for LNG trucks.

LNG presents the following environmental benefits compared to traditional diesel fuels:

  • up to 10% of reduction in fuel consumption 
  • about 8% of CO2 reduction (TTW) 
  • nearly 95% of Nox reduction with BioLNG 
  • 99% less emission of particulate matter 
  • reduced noise pollution

To find out more on Connect2LNG project, please visit the website: