Sainsbury’s are to save up to 25% in carbon emissions after extending their Dual-Fuel fleet to 51 vehicles.
The supermarket is set to deliver yearly reductions of more than 2,092tonnes of CO2 – equivalent of more than 900 cars – after increasing their trial run of five.
Each Dual-Fuel vehicle will save around 41tonnes of CO2 from being dispersed into the atmosphere each year, as well as being cost-efficient.
Nick Davies, Head of Transport Operations at Sainsbury’s, said: “We set ourselves a very stretching target for carbon reduction in our transport fleet so we are always looking for ways to reduce our impact on the environment while improving efficiencies.
“Our trial of Dual-Fuel was very successful and gave us the confidence to extend the fleet to become one of the largest in the country.
“Our early adoption of this technology is helping to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and future proof our fuel supply, which are both fundamental to the long-term sustainability of our business.
“We have already achieved a number of efficiencies across our transport operations, including cutting almost eight million kilometres in three years, and our Dual-Fuel fleet will also play a key role in delivering our no waste to landfill policy.
“As well as delivering to our stores the fleet also back hauls any food waste and recyclable materials to facilities to be sorted and put to positive use.”
The environmentally-friendly Dual-Fuel fleet operates on a combination of diesel and bio-methane, produced from rotting organic landfill material.
Sainsbury’s fleet, based at their Emerald Park Distribution Centre in Bristol, is serving stores and depots in Wales and the South West.
A dedicated on-site refuelling station has also been put in place to enhance fuelling efficiency and allow a larger number of Dual-Fuel vehicles to enter Sainsbury’s fleet over time.
In 2008, Sainsbury’s was the first supermarket to make daily food deliveries using a lorry powered by bio-methane, beginning its Dual-Fuel trial a year later.
Underpinned by their 20×20 Sustainability Plan, Sainsbury’s aim to reduce their depot-to-store transport CO2 emissions by 35% by 2020.
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