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Veolia launches gas powered RCV fleet

Veolia Environmental Services has installed the largest gas powered refuse collection vehicle (RCV) fleet in the country in its collection round with Sheffield City Council.

The fleet includes 10 RCVs which will run on a power source of compressed natural gas (CNG). The new vehicles, provided by Mercedes Econic will support Sheffield City Council’s new recycling service which will see the entire city receiving a service for glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, cans, paper and card recycling by November this year.

The new RCVs are also expected to provide a saving of 20% CO2 per vehicle compared to traditional fossil-fuel based vehicles, helping to reduce the council’s carbon footprint.

In order to resupply the vehicles, Chesterfield BioGas has installed a temporary Liquid Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) station on the council’s Staniforth road site. The liquefied gas will be provided to Sheffield by a tanker.

Veolia Environmental Services Chief Operating Officer Tom Spaul said: “We have worked closely with Sheffield City Council to introduce an advanced vehicle fleet that uses clean technology. By innovating and utilising new technologies that cut carbon emissions, we are helping Sheffield in their aspirational targets to become a greener city, while still providing value for money for our customers.”

Sheffield city council leader, Cllr Paul Scriven also welcomed the news. He said: “By beginning to replace our fleet with these green vehicles we are showing our commitment to reducing Sheffield’s carbon emissions. We have worked closely with Veolia to introduce gas-fuelled lorries into their fleet and we want to share our experience with other fleet operators, so I hope they will follow this positive lead.”

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