Mark Gilks

Mark Gilks, transport specialist, Calor

There has never been a better time for the freight industry to fully embrace gas-based fuels. While gas is already a part of the bigger picture, the government’s recently launched ‘Road to zero’ strategy, and the introduction of clean air and low emission zones, means gas’s position as the clear fuel of choice for freight operators is secure.

For existing fleets and those keen to significantly improve their emissions, there’s the option of dual fuel technology with bioLPG and natural gas. Created from ethically sourced feedstocks, bioLPG is chemically identical to LPG. The creates a drop-in solution for hauliers already powering their vehicles with LPG through a dual fuel system, with no requirement to alter any equipment or supply infrastructure.

Achieved through a simple conversion, dual fuel enables an engine’s combustion chambers to burn both LPG and diesel. BioLPG offers CO2 savings of between 50% and 80% compared with conventional LPG, based on a 100% BioLPG substitution.

For those serving cities from a greater distance, LNG is available, with many manufacturers such as Volvo, IVECO and Scania already opting for this fuel. LNG is easy to store, and so ideally suited to fuel regional and long-haul HGVs, while operating quietly too – perfect for inner-city areas where strict noise restrictions may apply.

Supported by the right infrastructure, and competitively-priced too, it’s easy to see why gas is considered the fuel of the future for the freight industry.

Calor is the official seminar sponsor for Freight in the City 2018 being held on 6 November at London's Alexandra Palace, and will be on stand S01 at the event.