British DIY and home improvement retailer B&Q has introduced a “greener” fleet with its dual fuel lorries powered by natural gas produced from waste.
The move is part of the company’s aim to cut its carbon emissions from business travel and haulage by 50% by 2023 – currently at 36%.
A total of 50 dual fuel lorries will be powered by biomethane, a natural green source of renewable energy produced from organic matter such as household food waste and sewage. It will make up 60% of the fuel used to power the lorries provided by Gasrec, believed to be the UK’s first commercial producer of liquid biomethane fuel.
Michelle Thomas, B&Q’s retail logistics Service Manager said: “We’re pleased to announce the introduction of 50 dual fuel lorries which is helping us meet our 2023 deadline to cut transport carbon emissions ahead of time. Other initiatives include 500 new double decker lorries and the replacement of 78 smaller energy efficient delivery vans. We’re also strengthening our focus on transporting more of our products by rail to save on road miles.”
To cut its travel emissions by a further 11%, B&Q has also received planning consent to invest in its own biomethane gas filling station at the company’s Swindon Distribution Centre.