Denmark’s M. Larsen Trucking Company has become the first company in the world to take delivery of a Scania P 280 refuse collection truck equipped with a Euro 6 gas engine. The delivery to the waste transportation company, based in Brøndby near Copenhagen, means locals can look forward to even better air quality. The company took delivery of the first gas engine-equipped Scania Euro 6 truck in December 2013.
“The Euro 6 gas engine meets tough emission standards and this means the environmental impact of the new Scania is even lower”, says Finn N. Jacobsen, Transport Manager at M. Larsen Trucking. “It has been a very positive addition and our employees have particularly appreciated the lower noise levels.”
Jacobsen says the company currently has about 275 trucks that run on diesel. “Using natural gas, and eventually biogas, as fuel is in line with the company’s environmental policy,” he says.
Anton Freiesleben, Marketing Manager at Scania Denmark says diesel has been the preferred heavy-truck fuel for the past 75 years. “But now natural gas and biogas are on the way as environmentally friendly alternatives in Denmark,” he says. “There’s a huge potential to reduce the environmental impact of road transport.”
Several other transport businesses in the waste transportation sector have also recently taken delivery of Scania gas-powered refuse collection trucks for use in transporting household waste in Copenhagen. This has been done as part of a pilot project looking at using gas as a fuel for heavy transport. The project is backed by the City of Copenhagen, the Ecological Council, the gas supplier EON and Scania. In October last year, EON, in cooperation with the energy company OK, opened the first gas refuelling station in the metropolitan area. The new gas-powered refuse collection trucks will refuel here.
Anton Freiesleben says, “Scania gas engines are designed to run on both natural gas and biogas, as well as a variable mixture of the two. When biogas becomes widely available to the transport sector through the natural gas network, we will be able to achieve CO2 reductions of up to 90 percent over conventional diesel in the heavy transport area.”