Brakes aims to reduce emissions in London with cleaner delivery fuels

Foodservice wholesaler, Brakes, has launched a new initiative to contribute to a reduction in emissions in London with the use of a cleaner-burning, more efficient fuel, created by fuel giant Shell.  

Brakes claims it is the first major business in London to adopt Shell’s Gas to Liquids (GTL) Fuel from Certas Energy, which is a cleaner-burning alternative to diesel for use in heavy-duty vehicles. GTL Fuel typically results in a 10-20% reduction in nitrous oxide and a 20-40% reduction in particulates compared to diesel.

Brakes, which carries out hundreds of deliveries in London every week, recognised the role that companies need to play in helping to reduce harmful emissions within London. Following a successful trial, the first of its delivery lorries fuelled by Shell GTL Fuel departed its Premier Park depot in Park Royal, West London, today (13 November). All delivery lorries operating from Brakes’ Park Royal depot will run on GTL Fuel, and if the pilot is successful, there are plans to transition more of the fleet to GTL Fuel in the future.

Brakes worked with vehicle manufacturer DAF, and fuel supplier, Certas Energy, to ensure that Shell’s GTL Fuel could be delivered and used in its existing vehicles without the need for any major modifications, which made implementation relatively easy.

Steve Webster, Brakes’ head of Indirect Goods & Services Procurement, said: “As well as being a company that delivers food across London, like millions of other people, we live and work in London, so recognise first-hand the need to help address the issue of traffic pollution.

“We believe this transition from diesel to GTL Fuel is the right and responsible thing to do to contribute to improved air quality in London, but if we are to make a real difference, we need more road transport businesses in London to follow us and do their bit to help reduce pollution.

“As demand increases in the Capital this will enable Shell to improve the commercial proposition by improving the logistical solution making the fuel more readily available.”

“GTL Fuel is part of the mosaic of fuels that Shell believes will help drive the energy transition in transportation, alongside biofuels, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), hydrogen, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), and electricity,” said James Lyon, GTL Deployment Manager at Shell.

“We believe that GTL Fuel will play an increasingly important role in the fuel mix for heavy duty vehicles especially where governments are keen to improve local air emissions immediately. Key industrial sectors include city utility vehicles and public transport, inland and seagoing marine vessels, construction machinery and vehicles, power generation equipment, aviation ground fleets and rail.”.

Brakes delivery vehicles will carry a new livery highlighting the new initiative (pictured).

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