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Tesco to run HGVs on biomethane

The UK’s biggest retailer has committed to run 35 of its HGVs on a blend of 60% liquid biomethane and 40% liquified natural gas.

Tesco has done a deal to fill up its HGVs at biofuel supplier Gasrec’s new refuelling station in Daventry, Northamptonshire. The station will open to all dual fuel HGVs in May.

This announcement follows Tesco securing funding from the Government-backed Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform.

Gasrec claimed using its biofuel blend, called ‘Bio-LNG’, will cut Tesco’s carbon emissions by 15%, nitrous oxide emissions by 90%, and reduce particulate emissions.

Tesco aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 25% per case of goods delivered by 2020.

Tesco Distribution’s group environmental manager, Joe Carthy (above), said: “We are committed to converting vehicles to dual fuel and reducing carbon emissions. Gasrec’s infrastructure and Bio-LNG fuel will allow us to do this across our network in years to come.”

Gasrec’s commercial development manager, Doug Leaf, said: “The public and private sectors are really seeing the ability of Bio-LNG to cut costs and pollution, and our green credentials have been recognised by the government through its LCVIP funding.”

Daventry is the first of seven stations across the UK which Gasrec is building. Leaf said he was confident Gasrec will expand its infrastructure in coming years.

Gasrec announced in February that it will be providing B&Q with Bio-LNG fuel for a fleet of 50 dual fuel lorries, MRW reported.

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