UK’s biggest eco-refuse fleet hits the streets of Liverpool
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UK’s biggest eco-friendly fleet of refuse vehicles is about to hit the streets
by Biomethane, a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), the 20 strong fleet will help to
radically cut Liverpool City Council’s carbon footprint.
80 per cent fewer carbon emissions and 90 per cent
less Nitrogen Oxide than the previous diesel
vehicles, each new wagon will cover more than 150,000 miles a year.
The vehicles each have a Mercedes-Benz Econic chassis with Faun
Zoeller Variopress body, a load capacity of up to 10.5 tonnes and a rear
steering axle to easily manoeuvre narrow streets.
new CNG vehicles are part of a drive to improve the collection and recycling of
household waste across the city to help reach a target of recycling more than 55 per cent
Liverpool Streetscene Services Ltd (LSSL), a subsidiary of Liverpool City
Council, has invested £3.4 million in the wagons.
CNG station has been installed at LSSL’s refuse collection
depot – and the new vehicles cost 35 per cent less in fuel costs compared to
like-for-like diesel vehicles.
Crews have improved working conditions with less noise, vibration and air
pollution. They have low cab entry and various features making them safer and
easier to use.
The eco-friendly fleet is being specially wrapped with promotional
material, designed by the council’s in-house marketing team, with messages
about how best to tackle climate change.
purchase follows the recent announcement that Liverpool is on course to meet
its climate change targets – three years ahead of schedule.
to recent government statistics, the city has already achieved an 18 per cent
reduction in carbon emissions since 2012 and is on course to hit 35 per cent by
the end of 2020.
city council is also pressing ahead with a series of initiatives to continue
the drive to a “Low Carbon Liverpool” by setting an increased carbon reduction
target by 2030.
includes an electric street cleansing fleet, promoting use of electric taxis,
introducing more LED street lighting and creating a new bus hub in Liverpool
city centre – all of which is estimated to take a combined 5,000 tonnes of CO2
out of the atmosphere annually.
The city council is also greening the city – having recently won funding to plant 750 new urban trees across the city over the next two years and is currently planting the first wave of 150 trees in the city centre with a sustainable drainage system to reduce surface flooding. New cycle lanes are being created and the council is currently working on a business case to DEFRA which looks at the option of introducing a Clean Air Zone that will charge the highest polluting vehicles.
of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “This investment in a new fleet of refuse
vehicles is a great statement of intent in our goal to make Liverpool a cleaner
and greener city.
council inherited a tired and run down fleet which was inefficient, unreliable
and costly. Having a brand new refuse fleet that is bigger, more efficient and
safer gives our collection teams the right tools to ensure residents receive a
more reliable service.
we still need residents to take action by reducing, reusing and recycling their
waste enable us to hit our targets and reduce the costs to them.’’
Zoeller Commercial Director, Stewart Gregory, said: “Liverpool City
Council, and Liverpool Street Scene Services are a valued client to FAUN
have enjoyed an excellent relationship with the team at Liverpool over a number
of years, and to have been able to assist in the integration of CNG into the
fleet has been a valuable experience.
is great to work with such forward thinking Local Authorities, and we are
already in discussions with options for the future, including our Bluepower
Hydrogen Powered vehicles.
we are now in a position to advise our clients who are looking at alternative
fuels to diesel.”
City Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Sustainability, Cllr
Laura Robertson-Collins, said: “It is vital that we improve the air quality
across our city. As a council we will do all we can to move away from the use
of diesel and other fuels that compromise health, within our own vehicle fleet.
are currently looking at a possible ‘Clean Air Zone’ in the city centre and are
encouraging as many families as possible to walk to school.
“We have declared a climate emergency and all
have to change the way we do things.”