As part of our ongoing commitment to reduce emissions associated with our operation, we’ve added 29 gas-powered trucks to our fleet.
The trucks – which will operate from our Chorley and Preston Vehicle Operating Centres and North West Parcel Hub in Warrington, as there are refuelling facilities nearby – are fuelled by bio-compressed natural gas (Bio-CNG).
The 40-tonne Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) are similar in size and look to a conventional Royal Mail truck but are significantly quieter. They also emit roughly 84 per cent less CO2e than a typical diesel-fuelled vehicle of this size.
James Baker, chief engineer and fleet director said: ‘We are committed to making changes to our operations that reduce our environmental impact. Bio-CNG is a significantly more cost effective and lower carbon alternative fuel to diesel for HGVs. These vehicles enable us to deliver large payloads of parcels in the most environmentally-friendly way possible.’
The vehicles can travel up to 400 miles at a time and are designed to help us transport letters and parcels securely, while reducing any associated carbon emissions. Additionally, in the UK, Bio-CNG fuel can be significantly cheaper than diesel.
Our move has been backed by Government.
Postal Affairs Minister Paul Scully said: ‘Tackling climate change is a truly national effort, so it’s great to see Royal Mail doing its bit to cut down on emissions from its fleet. Innovations like this are crucial to ensuring we build back greener from the pandemic, and customers will be pleased to know their post and parcels aren’t costing the earth.’