Coca-Cola to purchase trucks that run on biogas

22 July 2011

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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.”

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