Sittingbourne-based Nicholls Transport has cut its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by almost 200% in just three months by running an LNG-powered fleet featuring the 44-tonne Iveco Stralis. The Kent family firm provides bespoke distribution and haulage services across the UK, Northern France, Belgium and Holland and has a client base including many blue chip companies.
The company operates a fleet of 115 trucks, 29 of which are powered by bio-LNG derived from dry manure, provided by Gasrec. It also has another 30 of the LNG-powered Iveco Stralis on order as part of its replacement programme.
According to the firm’s latest Renewable Fuel Declaration, produced by the Zemo Partnership, in the three months to September 2022 the trucks achieved an A+ rating and GHG emissions savings of 191% compared to their diesel powered equivalents.
“This possibly makes us one of the greenest hauliers in the UK running LNG trucks. This represents a massive saving on C02 due to the fuel being derived from dry manure which would otherwise be emitting methane into the atmosphere. Instead it is used to produce the biomethane so it is a double saving, hence why it is over 100%,” said Rob Gearing, Nicholls Transport Head of Commercial and Business Development.
MD Paul Nicholls is committed to cutting the company’s carbon emissions. In 2019 he took the decision to invest in LNG trucks and install an LNG refuelling station on site.
The haulage firm, which is one of Iveco’s Green Ambassador companies, has also installed photovoltaic cells on the roofs of its office block, workshop and warehouse and now produces enough electricity to power the entire site. It also captures all the rainwater that falls on the site and recycles this to use in its truck wash.
The company’s commitment to cutting its GHG emissions was severely tested last year when the outbreak of the Ukraine war saw LNG costs rocket. However despite this adding an additional £300,000 to the bottom line last year, the company stuck it out.