The new compressed natural gas vehicles are part of a drive to help reach a target of recycling more than 55 per cent of waste across the city.
Liverpool is introducing a fleet of eco-friendly refuse vehicles in a bid to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.
Powered by biomethane, a compressed natural gas (CNG), the fleet of 20 vehicles will replace the previous diesel vehicles and produce 80 per cent fewer carbon emissions and 90 per cent less nitrogen oxide.
The new CNG vehicles are part of a drive to improve the collection and recycling of household waste across the city to help reach a target of recycling more than 55 per cent of waste.
According to government statistics, the city has already achieved an 18 per cent reduction in carbon emissions since 2012 and is on course to hit 35 per cent by the end of 2020.
Liverpool Streetscene Services (LSS), a subsidiary of Liverpool City Council, has invested £3.4 million in the wagons.
A CNG station has been installed at LSS’s refuse collection depot – and the new vehicles, reportedly, cost 35 per cent less in fuel, compared to like-for-like diesel vehicles.
“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 Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool.
“The council inherited a tired and rundown fleet which was inefficient, unreliable and costly. Having a brand-new refuse fleet that is bigger, more efficient and safer gives our collection teams the right tools to ensure residents receive a more reliable service.”
The city council is also pressing ahead with a series of initiatives to continue the drive to a “low carbon Liverpool” by setting an increased carbon reduction target by 2030.
“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.”
This includes an electric street cleansing fleet, promoting the use of electric taxis, introducing more LED street lighting and creating a new bus hub in Liverpool city centre – all of which is estimated to take a combined 5,000 tonnes of CO2 out of the atmosphere annually.
The city council is also greening the city – having won funding to plant 750 new urban trees across the city over the next two years, and is currently planting the first wave of 150 trees in the city centre with a sustainable drainage system to reduce surface flooding.
New cycle lanes are being created and the council is working on a business case to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) which looks at the option of introducing a clean air zone that will charge the highest polluting vehicles.
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