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  May 7th, 2018 | Written by

Fuel Technology Pilots to Reduce Road Freight Emissions

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  • The world’s largest road fleets are sharing data on transitions to low-emission fuels and technologies for road freight.
  • IKEA, PepsiCo, and UPS released case studies on use compressed natural gas, renewable diesel, and electric vehicles.
  • Case Study Library allows fleet owners to compare results from testing on clean fuel technologies.

IKEA, PepsiCo, and UPS today released case studies on fuel technology pilots in their road fleets to facilitate the uptake of clean fuel technology and to reduce harmful emissions from road freight transport.

Published by global nonprofit BSR as part of its Future of Fuels initiative, the Case Study Library will for the first time allow fleet owners to compare clean fuel technologies that have been independently tested and rated by peer companies in a standardized format.

“Understanding both the environmental performance and the operational benefits and challenges of new technologies is vital for fleet owners,” said Mike O’Connell, Vice President, Supply Chain, Fleet and Sustainability, PepsiCo. “Concrete case studies further that understanding and ensure that we are not replicating work already conducted.”

Covering fuel technologies including biodiesel, compressed natural gas, and electric vehicles, the case studies suggest that there are fewer and fewer operational barriers to implementing new fuel technologies. All five of the initial case studies led to the pilot technology being introduced into the fleet.

“Advanced alternative fuels like renewable diesel are an important part of our strategy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions impact of our fleet,” said Patrick Browne, Director of Global Sustainability for UPS. “Renewable diesel has a huge impact as it significantly reduces lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions, performs well in cold weather, doesn’t have any blending limitations and can be easily ‘dropped in’ to our fuel supply chain without modifications to our existing diesel trucks and equipment.”

“By making available their data on fuel technology,” said Nate Springer, manager at BSR, “these companies accelerate the collective transition in road freight to more sustainable fuel, ensuring that all companies can contribute to emissions reductions in line with global goals.”

The Case Study Library complements the Fuel Sustainability Tool (available free) developed by the Future of Fuels group in 2016 as the world’s first apples-to-apples way to compare emissions reductions from investments in efficiency and the advanced fuel technologies entering the market. It also builds on the Sustainable Fuel Buyers Principles, through which companies demonstrate demand and catalyze the partnerships needed to drive a sustainable transition in the freight fuel system. Sixteen companies have signed the principles to date.