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Co Cavan-based Virginia International Logistics has become one of the first Irish companies to invest in a futureproof fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) trucks.
CNG is a greener technology which produces far fewer harmful emissions than its petrol and diesel counterparts.
The family-owned business has five new CNG trucks – plus 15 more on order – and two CNG refuelling stations in Dublin and Cavan.
This will help the company lower its running costs and further reduce its carbon footprint.
Virginia International Logistics was supported by Ulster Bank’s asset finance division, Lombard Ireland, in its green investment.
Gas Networks Ireland, which is tasked with developing the technology in Ireland, said that CNG trucks emit 99% less particulate matter, 80% less sulphur dioxide, 70% less nitrogen oxide and a fifth less carbon dioxide than equivalent petrol or diesel vehicles.
The fuel is currently used in over 27 million vehicles worldwide, but the CNG refuelling infrastructure in Ireland is in its infancy.
It is planned to have 70 high capacity fast-fill stations installed on the motorway network within ten years.
Ray Cole, Transport Director at Virginia International Logistics, said that the company’s drivers cover over 12 million kilometres across Europe every year.
But he said that as the company expanded, it became more aware of the negative impact the business was having on the natural environment and so it started to look at meaningful ways of reducing its carbon footprint.
“These 20 CNG trucks represent the biggest leap forward yet for our company in achieving that goal,” Mr Cole said.