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Haulage bosses urged to switch to biogas

Date: 07/12/2012 08:52:09
Category: Fleet tracking
Author: Joe Elvin

Haulage bosses have been urged to invest in new green technologies to help improve the efficiency of their fleet, including a switch to gas-powered vehicle. 

A new study, conducted by Ricardo-AEA, has explored some of the best ways that haulage companies can improve their carbon footprint and found that switching to biogas could cut their emissions by two thirds.

A few companies have already taken these steps by taking part in the Low Carbon Truck Trials, but there is certainly more that can be done, the report suggested.

The paper, which was published on connect.innovateuk.org, also investigated the reasons why haulage bosses were concerned about investing in green technologies. The majority of reasons were connected to financial worries and fears about how long their investment would take to cover its expense.

Perhaps some sort of experiment using fleet tracking software would be able to put their mind at ease and encourage more investment in green technologies.

The report attracted many sponsors including the government-backed Low Carbon Vehicles Partnership (LowCVP). Haulage bosses were also urged to invest in battery technology or make tweaks to aerodynamic efficiency of their fleets.

Andy Eastlake, who is managing director of LowCVP, agreed that switching to biogas would represent a good investment for haulage bosses.

Speaking to businessgreen.com, he said: "Switching from diesel to gas provides one of the clearest opportunities for cutting freight sector emissions. The Low Carbon Truck Trials are a good start but we need a long-term road transport gas strategy to build on the progress made so far."

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