Friday, May 31, 2019

Nitrous Oxide Emissions in Road Haulage and Container Supply Chain Cut

Two Logistics Sectors Look Reducing Environmental Pollution
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UK – Two bodies from different sectors of the logistics industry have commented on reducing harmful Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions from their specific roles in the supply chain this week, with the Road Haulage Association (RHA) publishing its 'NOx Emission Assessment' and container terminal operator DP World Southampton continuing to invest big money in cleaner hybrid straddle carriers.

Harmful NOx emissions from trucks have halved in only five years, according to new government statistics. Department for Transport figures show a 52% fall between 2013 and 2018 as haulage firms have upgraded to cleaner Euro VI lorries. The RHA says that the trend is set to continue and projects that NOx emissions from HGVs will have reduced by more than 80% by the end of 2025.

However in its NOx Emission Assessment the RHA warns that many operators face an uncertain future as local authorities press on with plans which will see hauliers charged up to £100 per day to enter clean air zones. RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett says that efforts to improve air quality will fall short until they proportionately target sources of emissions.

Lorries and buses account for a small, declining proportion of NOx emissions according to National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory data. Figures from 2015 show that the sectors were responsible for only 7.6% of NOx, whilst the share from other key sources such as ‘passenger cars’ and ‘combustion in industry’ were much higher. Richard Burnett concluded:

“The government is signing off poorly conceived measures which punish hauliers for local authority failures to keep emissions in check. But we’re leading the way, we’ve more than halved our NOx emissions in the last five years and this will only continue as firms upgrade their fleets.”

Meanwhile down in Southampton DP World has seen twelve new hybrid straddle carriers commence operations this week, with twelve more ordered for delivery this year. The new machines use 20% less fuel than standard machines and are claimed as the most efficient on the market.

When the new tranche of equipment arrives it will mean that more than a quarter of the company’s operational fleet will be hybrids. With this in mind by constantly renewing and upgrading its fleet, DP World Southampton will have reduced its Nitrogen Oxide emissions by more than 50% by 2020.