SWW goes green with gas
South West Water will be doing even more to protect the environment
South West Water will be doing even more to protect and enhance the environment if results from an 18 month vehicle trial are satisfactory.
The water company has just taken delivery of 12 Volkswagen Caddy dual-fuel vans using environmentally friendly liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as part of an alternative fuel trial which is expected to save around 2.6 tonnes of CO2 emissions alone each year.
The vans - supplied by Plymouth based VW dealer Renwicks - will be trialled by South West Water to provide data on environmental impact and day to day running costs. Even different makes of tyre will be evaluated as part of the trials!
South West Water's Chief Executive Bob Baty comments, "we are committed to improving environmental standards and efficiency on behalf of our customers and the region. We believe the use of gas-powered vehicles will help us meet both objectives and the trials will demonstrate our commitment to future environmental improvement and protection."
South West Water will be working closely with Renwicks and gas tank installation specialists Flogas to evaluate the test data.
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For further information please contact Hilary Weatherley, Corporate Communications Manager on 01392 443035.
Published: 14 November 2000
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Picture caption: Bob Baty, South West Water's Chief Executive, gets to grips with gas and one of the new VW Caddy vans.
2. In 1999 there were around 6,000 vehicles in the UK powered by LPG. This figure is expected to increase to 16,000 this year and to 25,000 in 2001.
3. South West Water's current estimates suggest initial savings of around £500 per year per vehicle can be achieved on fuel costs alone. This figure is based on an average annual mileage of 15,000 miles.