Arla foods opens dedicated biofuel station to reduce fleet emissions

Anchor butter and Lurpak producer Arla foods has announced the opening of a dedicated biofuel filling station at its new £150m dairy in Aylesbury, the largest fresh milk processing facility in the world.

At the new dairy, Arla plans to convert its entire fleet of vehicles to dual-fuel with the first 10 dual-fuel conversion trucks running on bio-LNG this month.

Major European supplier of liquefied gas fuel, Gasrec, will supply bio-LNG and provide refuelling station infrastructure at the Aylesbury site matched to the number of trucks converted to use it.

The new filling station is part of Arla’s plans to develop and implement a strategy to introduce low emission Bio-LNG fuel for its heavy goods vehicle fleet across its European operations.

Gasrec’s chief commercial officer Ben Sawford said that with the development of its strategy, Arla will benefit from reducing both cost and carbon emissions from its transport operations.

“As our network and operations expand further, I am confident many other companies will see the rewards of converting HGV fleets to bio-fuels – benefiting both the environment and their balance sheets,” added Sawford.

The move is a step towards Arla’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% in production and transport by 2020, compared to its 2005 level.

Leigh Stringer

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