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B&Q introduces 'green fleet' powered by natural gas

Published: 23 January 2013
A greener fleet of dual fuel lorries - powered by natural gas produced by waste - has been introduced by B&Q in a bid to reach a 2023 deadline of reducing CO2 emissions to 50%.
B&Q introduces 'green fleet' powered by natural gas
Currently the DIY retailer is at 36% and is on track to meet this deadline ahead of time.

Biomethane, a natural green source of renewable energy, makes up 60% of the fuel used to power the lorries. This is produced from purifying and liquefying landfill gas and other waste methane streams.

A number of initiatives are in place to help B&Q reduce its emissions, including a new dual stock holding distribution facility in Swindon, which allows B&Q to hold the same product in the north and south, greatly reducing the number of miles travelled to store by B&Q lorries. At this new site, B&Q has introduced 50 new dual fuel tractor units following a successful trial last year.

B&Q's retail logistics service manager Michelle Thomas said: "We're pleased to announce the introduction of 50 dual fuel lorries which is helping us meet our 2023 deadline to cut transport carbon emissions ahead of time. Other initiatives include 500 new double decker lorries and the replacement of 78 smaller energy efficient delivery vans. We're also strengthening our focus on transporting more of our products by rail to save on road miles."

Last year B&Q was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise 2012 in Sustainable Development.

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