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
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
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
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
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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