A tool kit for local biogas development

Cities and regions can play an important role in supporting an increased use of biogas in the transport sector. The tools thay can use are public procurement, local policy measures and broad stakeholder networks.

What does it take to eliminate barriers and create incentives for biogas development, thereby contributing to the transition to a fossil free vehicle fleet? The purpose of this project has been to give local decisionmakers efficient tools in their work. Conclusions derive from case studies in three Swedish Regions, and have been verified through stakeholders active in local biogas development projects.

The researchers have identified five factors for success:

  1. By chosing biogas themselves, cities and regions can set an important example and pave to the way for private stakeholders.
  2. Public procurement in favour of vehicles that run on gas and/or services carried out by gas vehicles is a powerful driver for biogas development.
  3. Following up on targets and demands ensures policy compliance.
  4. Collaborative stakeholder networks that share information and knowledge facilitate working in a common direction.
  5. Addressing parts of the biogas system that are lagging behind allows is a prerequisite for identifying proper measures in these areas.

Results are mainly avalable in Swedish. Both the final report and executive summary however include summaries in English.


Tomas Lönnqvist, IVL


Sara Anderson, Julia Hansson, Anders Hjort and Sven-Olof Ryding, IVL // Robert Lundmark and Patrik Söderholm, Bio4Energy (LTU)

Time plan
September 2018 - December 2019

Total project cost
1 600 000 SEK

Swedish Energy Agency, the f3 partners, IVL, Bio4Energy (LTU), Luleå Municipality, Dalsland Environment and Energy Federation, Energigas Sverige AB, Biogas Öst AB, Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden, Västra Götaland County Council, Region Gotland and Fyrbodals Municipal Association

Swedish Energy Agency's project number within the collaborative research program