Wren Kitchens has announced its commitment to sustainable deliveries by switching 94% of its HGV fleet to 100% renewable diesel.
By September this year, more than 200 of Wren Kitchens’ 18-tonne and 44-tonne home delivery trucks will be powered on environmentally friendly HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) derived from waste and residue oils.
The move will deliver an immediate cut of up to 90% in CO2 emissions.
HVO is a renewable, low carbon, low emission and fossil-free sustainable alternative to diesel. Without any modifications, it can be used to power most new diesel trucks.
Wren Kitchens has been trialling the initiative
For three months, Wren Kitchens has been successfully trialling the initiative at its Barton-upon-Humber depot in North Lincolnshire and no performance issues have been reported.
Lee Holmes, Wren Kitchens’ transport and logistics director, said: “We’re committed to minimising our environmental impact whilst delivering customers’ kitchens and improving environmental performance throughout our operations.
“The introduction of HVO is another exciting milestone in our long-term sustainability plan and it also plays a pivotal part in delivering against the government’s target for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”
HVO fuelling stations will be created across Wren’s network of eight transport depots in Stansted, Bristol, Lanark, Howden, Barton-upon-Humber, Dudley, Rochester and Manchester.
After winning five Motor Transport Awards last year for excellence in all areas including efficient operations and green innovations, Wren is continuing to pursue industry-leading environmentally friendly initiatives.
Wren Kitchens opens strategic transport depot in south east England
Meanwhile, Wren Kitchens has opened a south east transport depot in Rochester to cater for increased demand and to further reduce emissions.
With connectivity to major motorways such as the M25, M20 and M2, the transport hub can service 25 deliveries every day with a mix of 7.5-tonne and 18-tonne lorries.
It will create more than 100 jobs including drivers, porters and operational roles.
The new site will operate as a satellite depot, trunking kitchens from its Barton-Upon-Humber manufacturing facility via its major Stansted transport site, reducing 75,000kg of CO2 every year.
Training facility for inductions and driver CPC courses
Wren will also invest in a modern open-plan transport office and a dedicated training facility for inductions, driver CPC courses and refresher training on-site.
John Wright, Wren Kitchens’ vice president of transport, said: “Our logistics are at the heart of Wren’s success, and as the company continues to grow, so does the need for enhanced connectivity to be closer to our customers across the UK, to ensure we continue to deliver 99.5% on time and in full.
“The new Rochester site has been pinpointed to significantly reduce road miles travelling to our customer’s homes – so our teams are spending more time delivering kitchens and less time driving to them, reducing our CO2 emissions and supporting our green ethos.”