Howard Tenens has invested in 42 new vehicles this year, as part of its fleet renewal, in a bid to cut carbon emissions and provide sustainable logistics services to its customers.
36 of the new vehicles will run on dual fuel, which the company says will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 15 per cent.
Dual fuel vehicles operate on a mix of compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel, but Howard Tenens reckons that by using biomethane instead of CNG, these savings could increase by up to 60 per cent.
“Emissions of other pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and fine particles are also reduced which will benefit town and city centres which are struggling to meet air quality limits,” said a spokesperson.
The company is currently working on three projects, funded by both the Department for Transport and the Technology Strategy Board.
The schemes will trial the dual-fuel technology, as well as other low-carbon initiatives, including low weight and aerodynamic trailers.
John Lewis Partnership is partnering with Howard Tenens on two of the projects. Its fleet manager, Justin Laney, said: “We are committed to reducing transport carbon emissions and expect gas dual-fuel trucks to play a large role.
“We are very pleased to be collaborating with Howard Tenens on these projects, sharing knowledge and experience to ensure we make it a success.”