Trials have successfully taken place with focus now on completely replacing the firm’s 60 diesel powered forklifts with biogas trucks.
Thanks to their strong relationship with The Alexander Group and Linde Forklifts, Tobermore have availed of a biomethane fuelled forklift. The truck will undertake work on site while gathering essential data associated with carbon reduction and fuel efficiency.
The manufacturer aims to reduce their Scope 1 carbon emissions by exploring alternative, greener fuels. Biogas is renewable, produced locally and is recognised as one of the world’s cleanest fuels. This endeavour is another significant step on Tobermore’s decarbonisation journey.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Tobermore and three local businesses, have established a collaborative cluster to transform excess livestock manure and grass silage into biomethane which can be used as fuel.
The vision of the Mid Ulster Carbon Co-operative is to establish a full-scale anaerobic digestion plant that will produce enough biomethane, not just for their own use, but also for injection into the NI gas grid.
“Tobermore is delighted to be trialling the nation’s first biogas forklift truck of its kind. We have a fleet of over 60 diesel powered forklifts which we aim to phase out in favour of trucks that use more sustainable fuels. In alignment with our anaerobic digestion plans, we will be able to produce biomethane fuel for our forklifts and lorries. We plan to significantly reduce our need for fossil fuels and hasten our journey towards net zero.”
Earlier this month, Tobermore was shortlisted as finalists for the ‘Sustainable Manufacturing Business of the Year’ award at the Business Eye Sustainability Awards.
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