New push towards gas-powered HGVs

A new push towards gas-powered HGVs has started with the Department for Transport setting out papers and recommendations on their use to lower carbon emissions, cut fuel costs and potentially improve air quality.

The recommendations were drawn up by the Low Emission HGV Task Force which includes industry stakeholder members such as the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Road Haulage Association, SMMT led a report for the Task Force that set the groundwork for the reforms in 2012.

As part of a range of new and emerging technologies, the Task Force considers the use of natural gas and biomethane in HGVs as an important part of reducing carbon emissions from freight operations. This option is particularly important in the regional and long-distance freight sectors, where there are a limited number of realistic technological options for substantial CO2 reduction in the short to medium-term.

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