Freight in the City 2018 and championing the fuels of the future

Posted on: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by Katy Blake

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By Mark Gilks, Transport Specialist, Calor

We are very much looking forward to exhibiting at this year’s Freight in the City Expo, which has quickly established itself as one of the key dates in the diary to help support freight operators facing the low-emission challenge.

As cities strive to improve air quality through the rollout of clean air zones, and proposals such as the government’s Road to Zero strategy drive forward plans for a massive expansion of green infrastructure while reducing the emissions from vehicles already on the UK’s roads, the freight industry has to consider what fuel offerings are available instead of conventional options such as diesel.

For this reason, Calor will be highlighting its range of gas-based solutions for this market at the 2018 Expo, demonstrating that we have the right fuel available to meet your transport needs, whatever your requirement. Our alternative gas solutions emit substantially less CO2 emissions than conventional fuels such as diesel, while also producing significantly less harmful particulates, such as NOx and SOx.

However, it’s clear that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is never going to work for the freight industry. Fortunately, there are a range of gas-based fuel solutions available for UK hauliers, including:

  • Range extenders for city deliveries
  • Dual fuel technology for existing fleets
  • BioLPG for even greater emission savings
  • LNG for those serving cities from a greater distance

We are very proud to be the first fuel provider in the UK to offer BioLPG to the industry, and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to the stand to discuss this renewable fuel in more detail.

A renewable solution created from ethically sourced feedstocks, BioLPG is chemically identical to LPG. The new fuel is, therefore, a drop-in solution for hauliers already powering their vehicles with LPG through dual fuel technology, with no requirement to alter any equipment or supply infrastructure.

Achieved through a simple conversion, dual fuel technology enables an engine’s combustion chambers to burn both LPG and diesel. BioLPG offers CO2 savings of between 50 and 80 per cent when compared with conventional LPG, based on a 100 per cent BioLPG substitution[1].

LNG will be another key focus for us at the event, as freight operators can really reap the rewards if they’re having to complete urban deliveries across a greater distance.

A colourless, odourless liquid fuel, LNG is created by cooling natural gas to a temperature of around -162°C. When cooled to this temperature, the gas liquefies and reduces in volume too. This quality ensures LNG is easy to store, and makes it ideally suited to fuel regional and long-haul HGVs.

The fuel is also ideally suited to long-haul and urban deliveries. Vehicles running on natural gas are far quieter than those that burn diesel in the combustion engine, which means they are perfectly suited to inner-city areas where strict noise restrictions may apply.

With the right infrastructure in place to support its uptake too, with Calor either operating a back-to-base operation or refuelling via our LNG network, our message at Freight in the City 2018 is a simple one: for the freight market, gas is here for the long haul.

We feel so passionate about gas’ impact and its long-term potential for the industry that we have also signed up to be the official seminar sponsor for the event. This offers attendees an opportunity to hear from a line-up of industry pioneers and experts as part of an informative seminar programme.

I will be taking part in the third session of the day from 2:15-3:45pm on Tuesday 6 November, titled Planning Ahead, where I will be discussing the gas potential for city fleets in more detail.

In the meantime, to find out more about Calor’s alternative fuel solutions for the freight market, please visit or call 0800 121 7827.

Otherwise, make sure Freight in the City 2018 is penciled in your diary and you’ve registered to attend here. We look forward to seeing you there!

[1] Emissions saving compared to conventional LPG and only applicable to the LPG element of total dual fuel.