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Solutions must be found for light and heavy commercials


Unless alternative powertrain solutions are found for medium and heavy commercial vehicles, it is unlikely that transport decarbonisation targets will be met.

This is the view of KPMG, in its report on the decarbonisation of UK road transport.

The decarbonisation of transport: Report by KPMG

Creating a low carbon environment to combat climate change has become one of the biggest public policy issues of our time, it adds. Central to the success of this is the decarbonisation of transport, which is the biggest single carbon-emitting sector in the UK, accounting for 28% of the country’s emissions in 2017.

The report adds: “The government’s decision to accept the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) recommendation for a net zero emissions target by 2050 is a striking development that puts the UK in a leadership position on tackling climate change.

“But it also raises the stakes for all parties. Concerted action will be needed across many sectors, from transport to energy to infrastructure, if we are to achieve this target.

“The sale of new petrol and diesel cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) is already set to be banned in the UK by 2040 but the CCC has recommended bringing this forward to 2035 or even 2030, if the target of net zero emissions by 2050 is to be achieved.

“The greater the size and weight of vehicle, the greater the challenges of moving to low or zero emissions.

“Increasing numbers of Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZs) are set to come into existence in cities around the UK between now and 2026, with London’s ULEZ already in force.

“We can expect to see the definition of ‘ultra-low’ falling progressively over time, from 75g of carbon per kilometre now to perhaps 50g for cars and LCVs.

“Particular action is needed on medium and heavy goods vehicles, which so far have escaped the regulatory pressure placed on cars and LCVs.

UK Government’s Road to Zero strategy

“The UK Government’s Road to Zero strategy proposed only a voluntary reduction of 15% in greenhouse gas emissions for HGVs by 2025.

“Even if this is achieved, it will leave a mountain to climb by 2050. However, the EU has passed new rules requiring CO2 emissions from HGVs to be reduced by 15% by 2025 and 30% by 2030."

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A short video by KPMG about the future direction of transport in which it says 'Game changing connections must be made before it’s too late' is here

KPMG future of transport video




No need to wait for electric trucks - they're already here!

Electric trucks are no longer a vision of the future: They’re here and now, says Volvo.

Its fully electric Volvo FE and Volvo FL pave the way for a cleaner, quieter urban environment.

The trucks are built for distribution, refuse, and other inner city work, with total weights up to 27 tonnes.

Each truck is optimised for its duty cycle with an appropriate battery pack and charging system, says Volvo.

And, the benefits are just about zero tail-pipe emissions or - if the batteries are charged using renewable energy - almost no climate impact at all.

Volvo adds that they mean that housing can be built in new places, and more transport can be done at night, to reduce peak time congestion.

Watch the video here

Volvo electric truck at work

It's not all about electricity: Gas is a credible alternative

More than 10,000 UK trucks and buses will be using gas within the next six months

For alternative fuels - especially in the medium and heavy duty sectors - it’s not all about electricity says turnkey provider Roadgas

There’s a practical, low-carbon alternative that within the next six months will be used by more than 10,000 UK trucks and buses….

The fuelling infrastructure and use of compressed natural gas (CNG) and biomethane (biogas) continues to grow as larger operators increase their uptake.

In 2019 a further two public access CNG/biomethane refuelling stations will be added to the network in the UK; one in the North West and one in the West Midlands, bringing the total to six.  There are also plans to add three more.  Why?

Simply, because the demand for the green gases (CNG and biomethane) has increased three-fold within the transport sector in the last 12 months alone.

Nottingham City Transport runs ADL Scania gas buses

Renewable and sustainable

And, 100% of all biomethane being supplied is both renewable and sustainable and approved under the Department for Transport’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme.

Biomethane is produced from waste feedstocks including food waste and is a cost-effective alternative to diesel in the transport sector.

It not only cuts vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 85% it also provides a saving of 30%-35% compared with diesel on comparative journeys according to Jon Harman, Operations Director at Nottingham based Roadgas

Biogas pump at Nottingham City Transport

Jon explains: “Renewable and sustainable biomethane allows companies to achieve reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions to limit pollution, but more importantly allows operators to save money on the total running costs of a diesel fleet”

At 20m tonnes of CO2 per annum, GHG emissions from UK food waste are comparable to annual GHG emissions from the entire UK HGV fleet.

By capturing methane from organic waste and redeploying it as a transport fuel, both food waste and transport emissions can be cut simultaneously. 

The spotlight on climate change continues to grow in intensity and the UK haulage sector is now feeling the pressure more than ever, of how and when to review its fleet operations to best achieve decarbonisation plans.


High-profile users

The John Lewis Partnership already operates more than 50 vehicles using CNG and biomethane and has announced plans to run 100% of its delivery fleet using CNG by 2028.

The parcel company Hermes also plans to replace its 200-strong fleet of diesel trucks. 

John Lewis Partnership is using gas-powered trucks

Other high-profile companies announcing plans to adopt CNG to decarbonise their fleets include DHL Worldwide Express, Cadent Gas Limited, ASDA, Argos and Royal Mail

It is anticipated that the UK will have more than 10,000 HGV and commercial buses operating on natural gas by 2020 rising to potentially 60,000 by 2030. 

The government reinforced its support for biomethane as an alternative fuel in the last budget, by extending the fuel duty differential between natural gas and diesel from 2024 to 2032.

CNG and biomethane are both readily available and deliver an opportunity to directly impact emissions in a short timeframe. 

With market-leading technology that is proven to support the design, installation and maintenance of infrastructure, gas is a secure first option.


About Roadgas

Founded in 1992 in Nottingham, Roadgas is a key supplier of CNG and biomethane vehicle refuelling station infrastructure and equipment.

Boasting over a quarter of a century of experience supplying numerous bespoke CNG (grid gas), LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and LCNG (Liquefied to Compressed Natural Gas) installations around the country, Roadgas provides tailored solutions to small, medium and large fleet operators throughout the UK.

Roadgas is an active member of LowCVP, BCGA, IGEM and ADBA.

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To contact Jon Harman, call 0115 822 5530