Yorkshire Water has converted one of its standard trucks to dual-fuel hydrogen, an achievement it says is a first for the UK water industry.
The water company said the approach would allow fleet managers to switch more quickly to low-carbon operations. Yorkshire Water is committed to reducing the industry’s net CO2 emissions to zero by 2030. By modernizing its diesel fleet – electric vehicles and eliminating dependence on diesel – the vehicle will contribute to this objective by using 33% less carbon.
It is the first hydrogen vehicle in the company’s fleet to be used by the supply team in South Yorkshire.
Yorkshire Water has been working to reduce carbon dioxide emissions for six years and has achieved an 80% reduction in operational emissions compared to 2005. This includes the development of a ten-year fleet decarbonisation plan, which includes the conversion of all diesel and diesel vehicles to hydrogen and the introduction of a new fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles.
John O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer of Yorkshire Water, said: “We are really looking forward to launching our new hydrogen tanker because we have a first of its kind in our industry. It’s really exciting and shows our determination to reduce our carbon footprint by investing in changing the way we work.