Shropshire haulage fleet becomes carbon-neutral


Shropshire haulier H. Wragg Transport Ltd has dramatically reduced the carbon footprint of its fleet by converting all fifteen 44-tonne tractor units to operate on Verdant Fuel, the cleanest, purest biofuel available.

Manufactured from high-quality plant oil from renewable and sustainable sources, Verdant Fuel has no adverse ecological effect when used.

Its extremely low CO2 footprint means that a heavy goods vehicle operating on the fuel produces approximately 30 times less CO2 than it would if using a conventional biodiesel blend.

Malcolm Wragg, who operates the family-owned business, commented - "I believe that the transport industry must take positive steps to reduce its environmental impact, which will involve cutting vehicle emissions. Converting our own fleet to operate on this new fuel will help to meet that objective."

When Malcolm heard about the ELSBETT conversion system and the environmental benefits of operating vehicles on Verdant Fuel, he realised that not only did it offer an ideal way of minimising his own firm's carbon footprint, but also of appealing to potential customers who, he says, are becoming increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of their own businesses.

During a visit to ELSBETT's factory in Germany, Malcolm also visited a German haulier who had already converted one-third of their 800 trucks to operate on Verdant Fuel and was already achieving substantial emissions savings.

Malcolm subsequently decided to fit the ELSBETT system to a brand new Mercedes Actros 2546LS. The first new UK-registered vehicle so equipped, it uses a 12-litre turbocharged and inter-cooled Mercedes-Benz OM501LA V6 direct injection diesel, which develops 456hp at 1800rpm and 1623 lb ft of torque at 1080rpm.

Verdant Fuel, held in a 450-litre tank, is supplemented by 210 litres of normal derv in a separate tank. When started from cold, the engine initially runs on ordinary diesel, but automatically switches to Verdant Fuel once it reaches a pre-set temperature. Phil Haines, the Mercedes' regular driver, says there is no apparent difference in the engine's power, torque or fuel consumption - nor the vehicle's overall 'driveability'.

Subsequently, H. Wragg Transport's remaining vehicles - comprising mainly 44-tonne MAN 440hp and 480hp tractor units - were recently converted to operate on Verdant Fuel, which has a carbon footprint even lower than Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Unlike ordinary B5 biodiesel - which includes just 5% of renewable fuel by volume and reduces CO2 emissions by only 1% compared with conventional diesel - Verdant Fuel produces a whole-cycle CO2 saving of more than 70% - a figure which has been independently assessed by a leading climate change consultancy.

Malcolm Wragg said - "Becoming carbon-neutral has been surprisingly easy and, by highlighting what we are doing, hopefully others will be encouraged to change the way in which they operate."

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