Thursday, October 18, 2018

Retail Group Shows the Way with All Biomethane Fuelled Road Haulage Fleet to Cut Emissions

Company Trucks to Run Exclusively on Non Diesel Alternative to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
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UK – The latest ten gas powered commercial vehicles which Waitrose trialled last year have obviously proved successful as news comes that the John Lewis Partnership announces that it will phase out all diesel-powered road haulage heavy trucks from its fleet by 2028, in favour of low-carbon biomethane-powered versions, which should cut HGV emissions by over 80%. The move will see the company roll out over 500 new state-of-the-art Waitrose & Partners and John Lewis & Partners delivery trucks powered by 100% renewable biomethane fuel, which significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Each new biomethane truck has a range of up to 500 miles and, as stated, emits over 80% less CO2 compared to a standard diesel alternative commercial vehicle. Overall, the entire HGV fleet of lorries, once converted, will save more than 49,000 tonnes of CO2 every year, equivalent to the carbon footprint of just over 6,000 UK households, according to the Committee on Climate Change. The move come just a month after the group announced delivery vehicles will in future be bearing its new company liveries.

The Partnership has been trialling biomethane trucks since 2015 as a low-carbon alternative to diesel, with 61 biomethane trucks already in operation or about to be delivered and the biomethane fuel supplied by CNG Fuels. Six Waitrose & Partners delivery trucks are also currently trialling zero-emission refrigeration units as part of the Low Emissions Freight and Logistics Trial.

The biomethane used in all of John Lewis Partnership’s trucks is renewable and produced solely from food waste and waste materials. As biomethane is cheaper than conventional diesel, the biomethane trucks have lower operating costs than their diesel equivalents. Justin Laney, Partner & General Manager of Central Transport, John Lewis Partnership, said:

“We have been pioneering the adoption of long-distance biomethane trucks in the UK and scaling this up to our entire heavy truck fleet will deliver significant environmental and operational benefits. Five biomethane trucks produce the same emissions as one diesel lorry and they are also much quieter, helping reduce not only greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution but also noise pollution in our cities.”

The announcement comes during the government’s Green GB Week and represents a significant commitment to reducing HGV emissions, which account for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions emanating from road transport in the UK, and around 70% of the John Lewis Partnership’s transport emissions. Claire Perry, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, said:

“The UK has led the world in cutting emissions whilst growing our economy - with clean growth driving incredible innovation and creating hundreds of thousands of high quality jobs. Ten years on from the Climate Change Act, the first ever Green GB week is a time to build on our successes and explain the huge opportunities for business and young people of a cleaner economy. I’m delighted to see how many more businesses and organisations such as the John Lewis Partnership are seizing this multi-billion pound opportunity to energise their communities to tackle the very serious threat of climate change.”

Photo: The new liveries (courtesy of Don-Bur, trailer body producers)