Granville Ecopark has introduced two new CNG-powered trucks to its operations, the first of their kind in Northern Ireland.
The new IVECO Stralis NP trucks will be fuelled by food waste-derived biomethane, produced through anaerobic digestion.
Dubbed their ‘Smart Loop Lorries’, Granville Ecopark’s new vehicles and AD technology create a circular economy, where nothing is lost or wasted. The new lorries will be used to collect food waste, which in turn is converted into vehicle fuel and used to deliver other sustainable products created at the plant, such as natural fertiliser and biomethane for renewable electricity production.
The company has praised the environmental benefits of biomethane, which reduces CO2 emissions by up to 95% compared to diesel, and reduces air polluting NOx emissions by up to 70%.
“We believe that biomethane has a huge part to play in the future of vehicle fuel as a fossil fuel alternative,” said Granville's chief technical officer, David McKee.
“We are excited to be leading the way in the haulage and renewable markets in Ireland and will continue to follow our company mission to make our future here more sustainable.”
The introduction of a new biomethane fuel point at Granville’s Dungannon site last year boosted accessibility for customers thinking of switching their fleet. Biomethane is compatible with CNG vehicles and up to 50% cheaper than diesel.
The ‘green switch’ in transport is urgently needed, according to Granville. Climate scientists and leading truck manufacturers (PIK and ACEA) recently concluded that “by 2040, all new trucks sold need to be fossil-free in order to reach carbon-neutrality by 2050”.