February 26, 2020. Liverpool has launched the United Kingdom’s biggest eco-friendly fleet of refuse vehicles powered by biomethane and compressed natural gas (CNG). The 20-strong fleet will help to cut Liverpool City Council’s carbon footprint, as they produce 80% fewer carbon emissions and 90% less nitrogen oxide than the previous diesel vehicles.
Each new CNG-fueled wagon will cover more than 150,000 miles per year and has a Mercedes-Benz Econic chassis with a Faun Zoeller Variopress body and a load capacity of up to 10.5 tones. Liverpool Streetscene Services (LSSL), a subsidiary of Liverpool City Council, has invested £3.4 million (€4.04 million) in the new fleet. A CNG fueling station has also been installed at LSSL’s refuse collection depot.
The purchase follows the recent announcement that Liverpool is on track to meet its climate change targets three years ahead of schedule. The city has achieved an 18% reduction in carbon emissions since 2012 and is on course to reach 35% by the end of 2020.
“This investment in a new fleet of refuse vehicles is a great statement of intent in our goal to make Liverpool a cleaner and greener city,” said Liverpool’s Mayor Joe Anderson.