Dutch Milk Sustainably Transported with LNG

| Netherlands: Amersfoort | Source: FrieslandCampina

FrieslandCampina Volvo LNG

Milk delivered with a Volvo LNG tractor

FrieslandCampina, a Netherlands producer and seller of dairy-based consumer products, values sustainable operations. For that reason it began with its carriers to experiment with Liquefied Natural Gas fuelled transportation in 2014, starting up a pilot project using LNG as an alternative to diesel fuel. The results have been more than satisfactory.
The company says driving with a lower CO2 emission is proven with LNG fuel. The past few years, five carriers started to work with dual-fuel tractors, which are driven by diesel with added LNG. It was found that using diesel mixed with LNG as fuel reduces the CO2 emission by 12 percent.

Various new tractors that are fully LNG-driven or driven by LNG with added diesel were introduced in 2018. The first new Volvo LNG tractor was recently put into use by Wigle de Vries of Transport Groep Noord in Noordwolde (NL) and it already shows a CO2 reduction of 20 percent.

The use of LNG will eventually be replaced by bio-LNG, a renewable fuel derived from biogas which is turn is harvested from organic waste. For that reason bio-LNG is largely CO2-neutral. Truck manufacturers and Rolande, a Netherlands company establishing LNG networks, are together preparing the market for ever cleaner types of energy for road transport.

FrieslandCampina stimulates its carriers to make use of these innovations as much as possible. More sustainable road transport is fully in line with the promise of FrieslandCampina to be leading is sustainability.

Rolande has twelve LNG refuelling stations across the Netherlands. It says driving on LNG has many advantages:

  • LNG trucks are a lot cleaner than Euro-VI diesel trucks.
  • LNG trucks are up to 75% quieter than diesel trucks (PIEK-certified and thus extremely suitable for daytime running distribution).
  • LNG is not new; it has a proven history
  • Every kilometre driven using LNG is cost-effective.

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