Ireland: BWG Foods puts into operation bio-CNG delivery trucks
Owners and operators of the Spar, Eurospar, Londis, Mace and XL brands, BWG has launched an initial fleet of two HGVs fueled with biogas in place of traditional diesel fuel, with ambitions to further increase the use of biogas as part of their increasingly environmentally-friendly fuel mix. The vehicles will deliver a 90% reduction in transport-related carbon emissions and less noise pollution, which makes them ideal for towns and city centers.
Each of the 26-ton trucks – with electric fridge units – cost €180,000. The launch follows a partnership between BWG and two Irish startups – VisionGreen and Generation Green.
BWG will also contribute food waste from their 240,000 sq ft distribution center at Kilcarbery to the biogas production site at Nurney, County Kildare, making this a circular solution.
“We at BWG are very passionate about finding new solutions that can reduce our environmental impact,” said Joanne Mellon, logistics director at BWG Foods. “It is critically important that we invest in new technologies that allow us to pioneer less carbon intensive methods of delivery.”
In the last 12 months, the Group has invested in sustainability measures to lower the carbon footprint of its delivery operations and currently has the largest fleet of CNG powered trucks in operation in Ireland, with plans to increase this from 18 to 50 by 2025.