Do you give much thought to your carbon footprint as an HGV driver?
That’s not a trick question. You’re just doing your job at the end of the day.
But, according to the Gas Vehicle Network (GVN), the HGV sector accounts for a disproportionate share (17%) of transport carbon emissions but only 2% of vehicles on our roads are HGVs and buses, and they travel 6% of miles.
That might not come as a great surprise considering what it takes to fuel an HGV. But what we all should be asking is: is there an alternative?
Well, yes. And this is where we can give the sector some credit.
GVN highlights statistics which show that in 2019 almost 80% of the total dispensed volume of gas for transport fuel was biomethane, a renewable and sustainable low-carbon fuel.
Commenting on the shift in transport fuel, Mike Foster, CEO of GVN said: “Clean, low carbon, gas powered vehicles are an obvious, sustainable ‘no brainer’ for the freight and transport industry. These latest statistics – a 22% increase from 2018 – clearly show the direction of travel for the HGV sector.”
Trying to explain the progress made on renewable fuel, Foster credited improved vehicle technology, widespread infrastructure and the government’s fuel duty differential scheme.
He urged more fleet managers to switch to low-carbon gas-powered heavy vehicle transport, with biomethane-fuelled HGVs “emitting 85% less carbon into the atmosphere compared to a ‘clean’ Euro 6 diesel”.
Is it a ‘no-brainer’ like GVN suggests?