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DHL Supply Chain rolls out 50 new biomethane trucks across Tesco Ireland network

DHL Supply Chain rolls out 50 new biomethane trucks across Tesco Ireland network
Tesco Ireland has taken delivery of 50 biomethane-fuelled trucks which will be operated by its distribution partner DHL Supply Chain and used to transport produce to stores from Tesco's Dublin distribution centres.

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Tesco Ireland and DHL Supply Chain Introduce Biomethane-Fuelled Trucks to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Tesco Ireland has recently received 50 biomethane-fuelled trucks, which will be operated by DHL Supply Chain to transport produce to stores from Tesco’s Dublin distribution centres. The new trucks will replace 50 diesel units, reducing tailpipe carbon emissions by up to 90%. The renewable fuel for the trucks will come from Irish and European anaerobic digestion plants, and the trucks will refuel at the newly opened BioCNG refuelling station operated by Flogas at nearby St Margaret’s in north Dublin. Each truck has a range capacity of 700 kms on a full tank of biomethane gas, allowing the Tesco business to reach any of its 177 stores and return without refuelling. The switch to biomethane is part of Tesco’s strategy to reduce its carbon footprint and boost its operations’ environmental sustainability. DHL’s own strategy is to reduce carbon emissions across its supply chains. The partnership between Tesco and DHL demonstrates a shared commitment to sustainability and decarbonizing the retail transport sector in Ireland. The move to cleaner energy will reduce the carbon emissions created by the fleet considerably. This project is part of DHL's Green Transport Policy, guiding the transition of 30% of its own fleet to a green alternative by the end of 2026. Tesco Ireland has also set a goal of reaching net zero emissions across scopes 1, 2, and 3 by 2050. The introduction of the biomethane trucks is a significant step in achieving this goal. The commitment by Tesco to introduce 50 biomethane trucks into their national fleet has been welcomed by Darragh O’Brien, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Pictured are Andrew McGregor, head of sustainability, Tesco Ireland; Ger Counihan, retail and distribution director, Tesco Ireland; Dave O’Neil, operations director, DHL Supply Chain, Ireland; Tom Minnock, head of transport, DHL Supply Chain, Ireland; and Alan Reville, head of transport, Tesco Ireland.