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B&Q lorries will be powered using household waste

Date: 01/03/2013 16:37:18
Category: Fuel Efficiency
Author: Joe Elvin

B&Q's newest fleet of lorries is to be powered by household waste.

The dual-fuel lorries run partly off biomethane gas, which is produced using the contents of a landfill site in Albury. Around 60 per cent of the fuel will be made of biomethane. Guildfordpeople.co.uk reports the compound is more cost-effective than traditional fuel.

The move is part of a major long-term effort to cut carbon emissions released by B&Q's delivery vehicles. The company has also invested in 500 new double decker lorries, as well as replacing 78 of its smaller delivery vans. Fleet managers could potentially monitor their emission savings by adding vehicle tracking hardware to these lorries.

B&Q has been granted planning permission to create its own biomethane gas filling station in Swindon, meaning that it could become easier to invest in more vehicles like these in the future.

Commenting on the move, B&Q logistics service manager Michelle Thomas told swindonadvertiser.co.uk: "We're pleased to announce the introduction of 50 dual fuel lorries which is helping us meet our 2023 deadline to cut transport carbon emissions ahead of time.

"We're also strengthening our focus on transporting more of our products by rail to save on road miles."

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