Logistics business Gregory Distribution has continued its drive towards a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly operation by installing its first bio-LNG refueling station. Last year, the company began a trial to test the suitability of biomethane to replace diesel in its fleet of more than 1,000 trucks – initially running seven Volvo FH LNG 6×2 tractor units as part of its operations in Bristol and Magor.
The success of that trial has now seen the company make the next move, installing the station – owned and operated by Gasrec – at its Cullompton depot, to fuel a further order of 13 Volvo FH LNG vehicles. Gregory Distribution predominantly uses its LNG fleet to deliver palletized goods, often double-shifted on long-haul journeys to maximize the environmental benefits.
“The transition to alternative fuels is a key part of our long-term strategy and this new facility is a continuation on that journey,” said Paul Jefferson, Group Legal, Risk and Sustainability Director at Gregory Distribution. “We put our first LNG trucks on the road last September and the reduction in carbon emissions have been clear to see. Right now, for our long-distance trunking work, bio-LNG is the best option to help reduce our carbon footprint.”
“The technology has come on leaps and bounds in the past 12 months and the feedback from the drivers on the Volvo trucks has been hugely positive. The one challenge we have faced with LNG has been the infrastructure; but now with the help of Gasrec, we are taking control of our destiny by getting this facility on our own site. It’s a major step forward,” he added.
Gasrec delivered the skid-mounted facility – used as a temporary solution for fleets exploring the option of bio-LNG – straight from frozen food distribution business Reed Boardall, which has recently upgraded to a permanent on-site refueling station. “We have installed a pumped mobile refueling station which we use to seed new locations where we want to get bio-LNG into an area quickly. The plan is to get a more permanent refueling station at Cullompton, but the fast-moving nature of this industry requires a flexible approach,” said James Westcott, Chief Commercial Officer of Gasrec.