Leeds Council's biomethane powered RCVs reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Published: 16 February, 2012
Powering RCVs using biomethane can deliver both greatly reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and cost savings for local authorities.
A year long trial of the fuel by Leeds City Council, supported by Cenex, the UK Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies, revealed this.
The trial vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz Econic LLG with a spark ignition engine running solely on biomethane gas, is estimated to have achieved a 49% saving in well-to-wheel GHG emissions, compared to the diesel Econics in the Council's fleet.
However, this was achieved using a temporary filling station – a more efficient permanent station raises the GHG saving to 64% with possible 78% savings estimated, if gas would have been generated on-site.
Additionally, lower fuel expenditure meant that annual vehicle running costs were estimated to be £2,500 less than a diesel equivalent. While gas vehicles currently cost more to purchase than diesel RCVs, this gap is expected to narrow as production increases.
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Uniquely positioned between the technology provider and fleet user community, Cenex is always interested in ways low carbon vehicles can deliver real-world benefits. For example recently we were part of a major trial with Leeds City Council that involved the powering of refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) using biomethane fuel. The findings revealed that using biomethane can deliver both greatly reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and cost savings for UK local authorities.
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