Throughout January and February Farrall’s Group and Knauf Insulation worked with CNG Fuels UK to trial a Scania CNG truck to see how a greener fuel alternative would help reduce their carbon footprint. The vehicle, fueled by biomethane, was trialed on Farrall’s Groups South Wales operation dedicated to Knauf Insulation. The results of the pilot proved that they would see over 90% reduction in CO2 produced per truck annually. As a result, Farrall’s Group is planning to order a first batch of natural gas vehicles to be fully operational in 2023.
“We’ve been amazed by the results from the Scania CNG trial and seeing the reduction in carbon emissions they could offer on our fleet,” said Matthew Farrall, Farrall’s Group Managing Director. “CNG vehicles would be ideal to first be implemented into our Knauf Insulation contract, as part of our joint continuous improvement program within the supply chain. We are always reviewing ways in which we can improve our carbon footprint and be smarter in how we operate, transitioning to CNG fuel would appear to be the next logical step in this journey.”
Mike Gabriel, Supply Chain Director at Knauf Insulation, also commented: “As the UK’s largest insulation manufacturer, our products play a key role in reducing the nation’s carbon emissions. Our Glass Mineral Wool already contains the lowest embodied carbon of any mainstream insulation material. Working with Farrall’s Group to move towards a CNG-fuelled fleet will help us to further reduce the environmental impact of our products, so we can deliver on the commitments we’ve made in our sustainability strategy.”
The logistics sector is one that is having to face and overcome many challenges with moving towards greener fuels. Electric trucks are currently not able to offer the range or the infrastructure to allow for the continued rates of delivery, whereas natural gas offers quick, clean fueling and a growing nationwide fueling solution meaning no disruption to supply chains.
Source: Farrall’s Group