Company to cut truck emissions by 10%

Tuesday, 12 February, 2008

Visy Recycling aims to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of its recycling truck fleet by up to 10% as it begins to trial a dual fuel system fitted to one of its recycling trucks in the Whitehorse City Council area, in Melbourne.

“When we saw the technology from Global Fuel Solutions (GFS) we realised that we have possibly found a way to further reduce our carbon footprint and our emissions,” said Steve Boland, divisional director, Visy Recycling.

If Australia continues to carry on in a business-as-usual manner, by 2020 emissions in the transport sector will be 104.8 Mt CO2-e Truck emissions are projected to grow across Australia from approximately 27 Mt CO2-e in 2008 to 36.4 Mt CO2-e by 2020.

“If this trial is successful, it will help us to reduce our own emissions using the GFS dual fuel system in the remainder of Visy Recycling’s truck fleet,” Boland said.

The GFS dual fuel system uses diesel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to fuel the vehicle.

“The gas is added to the diesel fuel as it is injected into the cylinders, making the whole process much more efficient and reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses being burnt. The vehicle is a Volvo SL side loader, it is 29 metres long and can collect approximately 4.5 tonnes of recycling material per load. Except for the dual fuel technology, this vehicle is identical to the vehicles we currently use to collect recycling across Melbourne,”Boland said.

It is hoped the trial will also reduce particle-borne pollution from the test vehicle by 60-70%, improving air quality. The vehicle is also expected to be quieter to operate.

The vehicle will travel approximately 4680 km during the trial and will collect over 320 tonnes of recyclable material

The vehicle has been tested at the Kagan Batman TAFE vehicle test laboratory where its emissions, power and fuel consumption have all been sampled and checked

At the end of the trial the vehicle will have the results reconfirmed at the Kagan Batman TAFE to determine how effective the dual fuel system is in delivering better engine wear and tear, increase fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The trial began on 11 February and concludes on 31 March

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