Leeds, UK: Leeds City Council has been awarded an air quality grant from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to help it tackle pollution from truck fridges.
The council applied for the £150,000 Air Quality Grant with help from Dearman, which is trialing its zero-emission truck fridges that run on liquid nitrogen.
Dearman is also making an in-kind contribution for the vehicle demonstrations aspect of the project. Dearman estimates that over the course of a year, a diesel powered truck fridge can emit up to six times as much nitrogen oxide and almost 30 times as much particulate matter as a Euro6 truck engine.
In Leeds, it is estimated that truck fridges emit 71 tonnes of nitrogen oxide and 9.5 tonnes of particulate matter per year.
The draft Defra Clean Air Zone Framework published in October 2016 is the first time diesel engined truck fridges have been officially recognised in the UK as a substantial polluter.
The grant will enable Leeds City Council’s project to:
- Measure emissions from conventional fossil-fuelled TRUs during real-world operation in Leeds
- Estimate the number of refrigerated vehicles operating within Leeds and understand their typical duty cycles
- Analyse the findings from this programme and develop the evidence base and tools required to promote and enforce measures aimed at reducing the impact of TRUs on local air quality
- Install some Liquid Nitrogen (LiN) infrastructure to, in the first instance, enable a multi-vehicle field trial demonstration of a zero-emission transport refrigeration technology and in the long-term catalyse the uptake of low emission refrigerated vehicles in Leeds.
Michael Ayres, deputy chief executive, Dearman said: “Many congratulations to Leeds City Council for being awarded the grant. The council is taking the lead in cutting diesel emissions and improving the quality of air for local residents.
“We have developed a patented zero-emission engine, currently undergoing advanced road trials, which would significantly cut emissions compared to polluting diesel engines. In Leeds and around the country, there are growing calls for tighter regulation of transport refrigeration units. This means the industry needs to start preparing and this is where Dearman can help. We look forward to continuing to work with Leeds City Council and other partners to help improve Britain’s air quality.”
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for environment and sustainability said: “We are extremely pleased that we have been awarded this grant from Defra to tackle high polluting refrigeration units in the city. As a council we are committed to improving air quality across the city, ensuring we utilise a range of options available to us.
“Reducing pollution from refrigeration units in the city could see a significant improvement to our air quality and we are looking forward to working with Dearman to develop innovative and new technology solutions to assist with this.
“This project could lead to significant improvements, not just on Leeds roads, but those around the country.”