Liverpool has launched the UK’s biggest eco-friendly fleet of refuse vehicles powered by biomethane compressed natural gas (CNG).
The 20-strong fleet will help to cut Liverpool City Council’s carbon footprint, as they produce 80% fewer carbon emissions (thanks to biomethane) and 90% less nitrogen oxide than the previous diesel vehicles.
Each new CNG-fuelled wagon will cover more than 150,000 miles per year and has a Mercedes-Benz Econic chassis with a Faun Zoeller Variopress body and a load capacity of up to 10.5 tonnes. Liverpool Streetscene Services (LSSL), a subsidiary of Liverpool City Council has invested £3.4 million (€4.04 million) in the new fleet. A CNG fuelling station has also been installed at LSSL’s refuse collection depot.
According to a report by the Liverpool Express, the purchase follows the recent announcement that Liverpool is on track to meet its climate change targets three years ahead of schedule. The city has achieved an 18% reduction in carbon emissions since 2012 and is on course to reach 35% by the end of 2020 thanks to biomethane.
“This investment in a new fleet of refuse vehicles is a great statement of intent in our goal
to make Liverpool a cleaner and greener city,” said Liverpool’s mayor Joe Anderson.
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