As concerns grow over the vehicular impact on the environment, Northern Ireland’s largest private sector business and one of the UK’s top food suppliers, Moy Park, has turned to IVECO Stralis NP 460 trucks to help decarbonize its logistics operation. Supplied by South West Truck & Van in Avonmouth, the new 50 LNG-fueled vehicles represent IVECO UK’s largest single order of natural gas trucks. They will operate on 100% bio-LNG sourced through anaerobic digestion, with Roadgas commissioning an on-site refueling station and providing an extensive training course to those involved in its operation.
The creation of gas fuels through anaerobic digestion means that Moy Park can take advantage of ultimate emissions reductions, negating waste output by collecting the gases given off for vehicle fuel while solids can be used as fertilizer for farms, locking carbon into earth and away from the atmosphere. This is known as the circular economy, a methodology IVECO believes will open the door to negative greenhouse gases in vehicular transport. Moy Park has maintained a zero waste to landfill policy since 2015.
The new biomethane trucks, run via a 5-year IVECO Capital ops lease, will operate on a mixture of routes, delivering food products to regional delivery hubs and directly into a variety of supermarkets, and are expected to cover around 160,000 km a year each, which Moy Park estimates will offset around an impressive 5,600 tons of CO2 annually. Running day and night to maximize efficiency, all vehicles will return to base (Sleaford and Ashbourne facilities) for refueling and have been specified with a tank capacity giving a range of around 400 miles.
“Moy Park’s in-house trials have demonstrated that vehicles running on biomethane reduced CO2 emissions by more than 80%. Following these extensive trials of alternative fuels and vehicle providers, we are investing in 50 LNG HGV trucks from IVECO,” said Hugh Nicholson, Moy Park’s Director of Logistics. “This is a huge step forward in transitioning our own entire core fleet of 120 tractor units to gas by 2023, and we also plan to work with our third-party logistics partners in their CO2 reduction programs as part of our overall Net Zero Carbon strategy.”
“So much transport is on the roads by necessity, therefore road haulage is a key opportunity for us to reduce carbon emissions. Our transport team have been driving carbon reduction initiatives for a number of years. This delivery of LNG tractor units is a further step towards Net Zero of our logistics operations. Caring for the environment is embedded in our ethos and the logistics strategy feeds into our wider business sustainability commitments,” he added.
Keeping the wheels turning via the well-received automated 12-speed Hi-Tronix gearbox is the 12.9-liter Natural Power Cursor 13. Producing a strong, diesel-equivalent 460hp and 2,000Nm of torque across a wide power band, this engine ensures the perfect blend of robust but ecologically responsible performance.
“Over the past decade, Moy Park has worked exceptionally hard to make impressive progress in the decarbonization of its business. We’re honored that IVECOs experience in sustainable transport solutions has been recognized in that our vehicles have been chosen to assist in the bid to meet some ambitious net-zero targets,” added IVECO’s Heavy Business-line Director, Gareth Lumsdaine.
Source: IVECO UK