Calor has released a free, new guide for managers responsible for forklift truck (FLT) fleets, discussing the benefits of using LPG over alternative fuels such as diesel and electric, as well as the substantial CO2 improvements that can be achieved with BioLPG.
Available at www.calor.co.uk/fltguide, the guide outlines the pressures that are being felt across the transport, warehousing and logistics sector to reduce the environmental impact of operations across the supply chain. While policies such as the Renewable Energy Directive and Paris Agreement have set the green agenda, recent reports such as the Carbon Disclosure Project has raised concerns that while most organisations have plans in place to reduce CO2 emissions, these do not go far enough.
However, by switching to LPG or new BioLPG, FLT managers can cut the CO2 emissions of their fleets dramatically, while realising a range of other benefits such as improved operational efficiencies and cost savings.
Available exclusively from Calor, BioLPG is chemically identical to conventional LPG but created from renewable, ethically sourced feedstocks. This means it is a drop-in fuel and – as a result – there is no need for FLT fleets currently using LPG to alter any equipment, appliances or supply infrastructure. Calor BioLPG offers minimum carbon savings of 20 per cent and potentially up to 32 per cent. This is based on a blend of 40 per cent BioLPG and 60 per cent conventional LPG.
Against diesel, the low emissions of LPG or BioLPG means FLTs can be used almost anywhere, including sensitive production environments such as food manufacturing sites. There is also no risk of spillage, as the gas simply vaporises, and noise levels are significantly lower than diesel models.
When compared with electric, fleets fuelled by LPG and BioLPG are also less expensive to buy and more cost-effective to maintain. Refuelling a truck takes mere minutes too, as opposed to the longer battery recharges or changeovers required with electric power, which can cost money due to the associated downtime.
Andy Kellet, FLT Specialist at Calor, comments: “Organisations in the handling, storage and distribution industries must strive to improve their environmental performance, in line with the UK’s green ambitions. However, while it is clear that FLT fleet managers need to find a fuel that will help reduce CO2 emissions, the fuel must also contribute towards other key business objectives, such as greater cost efficiencies and improving a fleet’s day-to-day operations. LPG and BioLPG meet all these needs.
“FLT fleet managers can play a vital role in helping the UK move towards a greener future, plus it makes commercial sense for decision makers to invest in a fuel that meets the environmental credentials that businesses are now demanding from across the supply chain. When all these factors are considered, there is a strong case for fuelling an FLT fleet from LPG or BioLPG over fuels such as diesel or electric.”