Patrick McLoughlin MP christened the new facility located at the company’s hub in Tamworth. He also met with senior UPS executives to discuss the use of biomethane in the logistics industry before being given a tour of the Tamworth hub. UPS originally used biomethane vehicles in their operations in the UK for the London 2012 Games, before permanently incorporating them into the UK fleet once the Games had concluded.
“It’s great to see British companies stepping up to the challenges presented by climate change while grasping the economic opportunities that come with developing alternative technologies and fuels. We are keen to see more use of biogas, which is why we have extended tax incentives on all gas transport fuels. This will provide more support for those considering investing in these technologies,” said Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP.
The refueling station –with a 10 tons cryogenic tank– will be used to supply fuel to UPS’s 20 dual fuel trucks with a mixture of diesel and biomethane. The vehicles are then used on long overnight journeys so that the maximum amount of diesel possible is displaced by biomethane – typically achieving a 40 per cent carbon emissions reduction and very low air quality emissions.
Moreover, Peter Harris, Director of Sustainability, UPS Europe stated: “We have championed biomethane’s suitability as an alternative fuel for several years now, especially for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) where few if any other fuels have the same potential. It’s great to have this opportunity to illustrate to government the benefits biomethane can bring.”