Douglas Borough Council has become the Island’s first local authority to trial a CNG-powered vehicle. The Council will be conducting the trial of the truck in partnership with Manx Gas for three months. It will also be making the IVECO loan vehicle available to other local authorities and interested parties. Douglas Borough Council is the capital city of Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown dependency situated in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland.
“The Council is always looking at new ways of reducing its carbon footprint and lessening the environmental impact of its service delivery activities. It’s the right thing to do and it’s the responsible thing to do, as set out in the Council’s Corporate Plan. It also underlines our commitment to our status as a UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man partner,” said Environmental Services Committee Chair and environmentalist Councilor Ritchie McNicholl.
“It’s against this background that we’ll be examining the financial and environmental benefits of natural gas as a viable alternative fuel in the future for the Council’s fleet, in particular for our refuse collection vehicles,” he added.
“Findings indicate CO2 savings of 15% can be achieved and particulate mass emissions can be up 76% lower than Euro 6 diesel units. There are also fuel bill savings and reductions in noise levels. Importantly, CNG is a clean fuel source with much lower emissions that could offer economic benefits to the Council, which ultimately could be passed on to the ratepayers of Douglas,” McNicholl concluded.
Source: Douglas Borough Council