Swedish truck manufacturer Scania recently applauded Clean Ireland Recycling for establishing a privately owned fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station that will serve the company’s Scania P340 recycling trucks.
Clearing The Air
In order to make the Shannon, County Clare-based CNG refill station a reality, Clean Ireland Recycling forged a partnership with Gas Networks Ireland, which runs the Irish natural gas network. Trucks of this nature traditionally run on diesel fuel, so moving to CNG provides a huge decrease in CO2 emissions, which in turn improves overall air quality: CNG is significantly better for the environment.
Just The First Step
According to Gas Networks Ireland Commercialisation Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick, this is just the first of many large fast-fill stations that the company plans to build over the course of the next decade. “We’re expecting at least a thousand trucks to transfer and a thousand buses in that 10-year period. And that’s being conservative,” he says. For Clean Ireland Energy’s part, the waste-handling company hopes to be able to produce enough of its own fuel from the waste it collects to run a full fleet of trucks. Such eco-minded self-sufficiency is great for the company’s bottom line, but also great for the people of Ireland.