One of the world’s leading brewers has announced that it is trialling beer deliveries powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its brewery in Samlesbury, Lancashire.
AB InBev, which brews Budweiser, Stella Artois, Beck’s and Bud Light, has launched the two-week pilot in an effort to reduce CO2, harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM) and noise emissions.
Run out of its Samlesbury brewery, AB InBev will use a natural gas powered IVECO Stralis NP truck from Preston-based transport company, H Parkinson Haulage.
The vehicle delivers superior fuel efficiency in long-distance journeys, with up to a 15 per cent improvement in fuel consumption. According to IVECO, the truck can also achieve emissions reductions of up to 80 per cent for CO2, 60 per cent for NOx and 99 per cent for PM, as well as reducing noise by 19 decibels.
The truck will be making continuous deliveries over the pilot period, carrying up to 1,560 cases of beer at full capacity. AB InBev has pledged to put it on the road permanently if the trial is a success.
The project is part of AB InBev’s goal to cut out a quarter of carbon emissions across its value chain by 2025.
Stanislav Chulkov, brewery manager at the Samlesbury facility, said: “We are delighted that Samlesbury is the chosen location to trial the pioneering sustainable technology, in a first for AB InBev in the UK.
“We are constantly looking for new ways to improve the efficiency of our operations and make better use of our resources, so we hope that the LNG trial is another step towards reducing our carbon footprint and meeting our 2025 Sustainability Goals.”