Firm motors along to £1.26m carbon fund

The diesel and gas fuelled trucks at Howard Tenens. NA
The diesel and gas fuelled trucks at Howard Tenens. NA

DIESEL-guzzling trucks motoring along Boston’s roads are being replaced by a more environmentally-friendly option – after a firm with a base in the town was awarded a total of £1.26 million.

The windfall means Howard Tenens, which has a site on Riverside Industrial Estate, will be able to convert 12 of its commercial heavy goods vehicles to duel fuel – running on gas and 
diesel.

The logistics firm led a consortium which has been awarded the money from the Low Carbon Truck Demonstration Trial funded by the Department for Transport and the Technology Strategy Board.

Catherine Crouch, group CRS director, said: “Howard Tenens is absolutely delighted to have received this funding. It will enable us to build on the success of our current CNG and biogas programme and offer a truly sustainable transport solution to even more of our customers. We are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of our operations and this project will facilitate a substantial step forward in realising this ambition.”

One of the award criteria was that applications had to be collaborative on a match-funded basis – resulting in an overall investment of £2.5 million into low carbon transport.

Howard Tenens partnered with vehicle operators John Lewis Partnership and Lenham Storage in the successful bid and will be supported by CMS Supa Trak and Emissions Analytics for data and emissions verification.

The funding will also enable gas refuelling infrastructure to be installed at Swindon and a total of 34 commercial heavy goods vehicles to be converted to dual fuel (gas/diesel), with the remainder being operated by John Lewis and Lenham Storage.

A proportion of the award will be committed to monitor and verify the performance of the vehicles, with one of the criteria for the funding being that vehicles should deliver a minimum 15 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions.