Arla Foods has splashed out on seven new liquefied natural gas (LNG) Volvo FM tractor units to help it in its mission to reduce CO2 emissions by 63% by the end of the decade.

The UK’s biggest dairy cooperative has identified bio-LNG as the best option for its operation to improve sustainability of its fleet and it said it chose Volvo after trialling its gas technology against another manufacturer.

The FM 6x2s will be used for back-to-base operations collecting and delivering milk from Arla’s farms and depot operations in Leeds and Burton-On-Trent to processing sites across the country.

Richard Wilson, inbound logistics director at Arla Foods, said: “We have some ambitious sustainability targets to meet in the coming years, and reducing emissions from our logistics operations will be key to helping us meet these.

“We have trialled dual fuel vehicles which proved successful, but these new units are an even bigger step up for us.

Wilson added: “We are now turning cow poo from our farms and food which would otherwise go to waste, into a source of renewable fuel.”

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