Leeds City Council has signed a deal with Flogas Britain to supply LNG to its fleet of refuse-collection trucks as the local authority works towards its 2020 clean air zone deadline.
Flogas won the contract in a competitive tender. It is delivering the LNG to a council-owned and operated filling station that compresses the gas into liquid.
Leeds City Council transport manager Carl Snowden said: “With the requirement for a clean air zone to be introduced in Leeds by 2020, it is important that we are leading the way in reducing emissions from our vehicles.
“As a local authority, price and continuity of supply are incredibly important to us. Flogas ticked all our boxes and there was a smooth transition from our previous supplier.”
Leeds, the UK’s second-largest local authority, collects 306,000 tonnes of rubbish a year and says that running its fleet on LNG is a way to reduce carbon emissions from its waste-collection services by 30 per cent compared to running the trucks using diesel.
Flogas is looking to supply LNG to the north of England from a new hub in Scotland. In November, it announced it is working with Stolt-Nielsen LNG to supply LNG on small vessels via the Port of Rosyth. Stolt-Nielsen has designed a 7,500m³ LNG carrier to support the project.