Foresight Group is providing an initial £80 million in funding to CNG Fuels in a partnership to build a nationwide network of refuelling stations offering zero carbon fuel for HGVs.
The Government is being urged to develop a ‘masterplan’ that will enable the decarbonisation of transport, including vans and trucks.
By Phil Lloyd, head of engineering policy at the Freight Transport Association (FTA)
The Gas Vehicle Network (GVN) has launched a new campaign to highlight the potential savings to fleet operator of switching from diesel to bio-methane gas.
The figures from CNG Fuels comes as it opens two new refuelling stations, with the support of Ingenious.
CNG Fuels will supply carbon neutral biomethane from 2021 helping fleet operators achieve Net Zero emissions.
New stations will increase capacity by 500% to meet demand from hauliers seeking to cut carbon emissions, pollution and haulage costs.
Truck makers have to cut CO2 emissions by 15% for new vehicles by 2025 and 30% by 2030 but say a “shocking” lack of infrastructure is stifling the switch to alternative fuels.
To achieve this, all John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose and Partners delivery trucks, trailers and vans – more than 3,200 vehicles in total - will have to be switched to zero-emissions vehicles.
Rather than hire vehicles to cover delivery peaks, the John Lewis Partnership calls up its ‘mothballed’ fleet to keep costs down and maximise productivity.
Demand for biomethane has nearly tripled in a year at a South Ribble fuelling station as fleet operators are increasingly switching to low-carbon fuels.