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23 July 2011 | Adam Leach
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is investing
£1.75 million in low-carbon biomethane trucks.
The drinks company will purchase 13 trucks,
in addition to the one it purchased to trial the technology, fuelled entirely
by biogas. This gas emits 50 per cent less carbon into the environment compared
with standard diesel-powered trucks and is comprised of gas created by the
breakdown of organic matter in landfill sites.
News about the vehicles was announced yesterday
at the launch of the company’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainabilityreport 2010/11.
The trucks will handle the delivery of Coke
products to small stores in and around London, while contractors will continue
to handle supermarket haulage. However, Joe Franses, head of corporate
responsibility and sustainability, told SM
that if the expanded trial proved successful they would be sharing information
with contractors like Eddie Stobart and
encouraging them to look at moving to biogas-fuelled vehicles.
Franses also confirmed that there were
significant savings to be gained in running the biogas trucks, although he was
unable to give specific figures.
When it launched the trial, CCE became the
first company to invest in a biogas-powered heavy goods vehicle and the
reinvestment marks a continued push to reap benefits from lowering emissions. The
company aims to cut carbon emissions by 15 per cent compared with 2007 by 2020.
Since the target was announced, emissions have been cut by 5.5 per cent.
Speaking at the launch of the report, Simon
Baldry, CCE managing director in Great Britain, said: “We know the way we act
impacts on the environment and we need to grow sustainably, it’s not easy but
we’re working with our suppliers to make improvements.”