Retailers sign up to new low-carbon HGV fuel

Waitrose, John Lewis and Argos will be among the first users of a renewable biomethane fuel sourced from food waste launched today.

Manufacturer CNG Fuels claims the fuel is 35–40% cheaper than diesel and emits 70% less CO2 on a well-to-wheel basis. It is sourced from gas generated using waste from food production and is approved under the Department for Transport’s (DfT) renewable fuels’ obligation scheme (RTFO). 

The fuel is currently available at refueling stations in Leyland and Crewe and the company is developing a nationwide network of six fuel stations on major routes, which will be fed by the high-pressure gas grid. In the meantime, CNG Fuels is delivering fuel by trailer to customer depots within 160 km of its sites. 

Haulier Brit European has also committed to using the fuel in its long-distance articulated lorries. CNG Fuels is targeting other operators of high-mileage HGVs, who stand to make the biggest financial and carbon savings. 

Trucks that run on biofuels are around 50% more expensive than those that use diesel, the CNG Fuels said. However, it has calculated that the investment would pay back within three years for lorries with an average annual mileage of 125,000. Engines ...

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