Eland Cables has invested in switching its 50-strong fleet of heavy goods vehicles from diesel to sustainable biofuels.
The UK-based electrical cable supplier that supports critical infrastructure, said this programme of works would significantly reduce its carbon emissions.
Deborah Graham Wilson, head of communications & ESG at Eland Cables, commented: “Switching from diesel to biofuels for our HGV fleet has been a game-changer in terms of carbon emissions reduction and environmental protection in our logistics.
“It’s more than just a gesture – by using a RED-II compliant biofuel (a sustainable form of hydrotreated vegetable oil) it’s helping to reduce fleet CO2 and other harmful emissions by around 90%.
“With renewable energy projects, industrial automation, and anything involving power distribution, control or data and signal transfer requiring cables, the role of cables continues to grow. There’s no escaping the fact that transportation is a big contributor to the overall embodied emissions in any cable product. It sits behind the extraction and processing of raw materials, and the cable manufacturing process itself.”
The technology for electric and hydrogen powered trucks are still very much in its infancy, requiring staggering investment at this early stage – for almost everyone moving large, heavy products across long distances, it’s not yet commercially viable.
Eland Cables, like many companies with a fleet, looked at their comparatively new vehicles with Euro6 rated efficient engines and saw both a challenge and an opportunity.
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