Regulation needed to boost non-diesel fridges

London, UK: Dearman has urged the government to clarify timescales for regulations to eliminate diesel powered fridges and move to ‘clean’ technology.

The move follows a ministerial roundtable involving air quality minister Therese Coffey MP and industry figures to look at transitioning to less polluting truck fridges.

Dearman says that truck fridges are known to be disproportionately polluting, emitting up to six times as much nitrogen oxide and 29 times as much particulate matter as an HGV’s Euro 6 main engine. Truck fridges, as non-road mobile machinery, also have £100mn worth of red diesel subsidies and weaker emission standards.

There are an estimated 34,000 diesel-powered truck fridges in the UK equivalent to 1.8 million diesel cars, Dearman says.

The government has launched a number of initiatives to tackle polluting emissions, including the Clean Air Strategy and the Road to Zero Strategy.

Ministers acknowledge that cleaner truck fridges are emerging on the market and sought views from industry, foods retailers and distributors including Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Ocado, on what it will take to accelerate their adoption.

The roundtable concluded with industry offering to put a plan together while warning that any transition could take many years despite the availability of cleaner technology. According to industry, large investment is needed for infrastructure at base that generates electricity to power refrigeration.

Dearman’s chief commercial officer Khaled Simmons and head of business Intelligence Florian Wagner attended the meeting.

He said: “Therese Coffey MP laid down an important challenge to eliminate polluting diesel TRUs, which drew constructive responses from the largely diesel-invested industry. Our fear is that left without clear milestones from government, the industry won’t set challenging targets for switching to alternative clean technology, and generations will continue to suffer from dirty air and noise pollution.”

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