Glasgow, Scotland will be home to the world’s largest fleet of hydrogen-powered bin lorries.
Glasgow City Council has boosted its prospects in making the city carbon neutral by 2030 with the recent order of 19 hydrogen collection vehicles using £7m ($9.6m) from a climate emergency fund.
George Gillespie, Executive Director at Glasgow City Council, said, “Glasgow is now very much at the forefront of changes that aim to remove carbon from our transport system.”
“I am particularly pleased that such significant investment is being made in modernising our cleansing service with the purchase of 19 hydrogen-powered refuse vehicles.”
The integration of these hydrogen-powered bin lorries is part of an ambition set in stone by the council to decarbonise Glasgow’s roads to reduce carbon emissions in this sector.
Gillespie added, “Committing to using hydrogen for our heavier vehicles was always a big breakthrough in our approach to decarbonising our fleet.”
“The technology we are introducing into our vehicles will also help make our services as effective and efficient as possible and will ensure we are best placed to meet the challenges of the climate emergency.”
It is hoped that this large-scale commitment in reducing carbon emissions in Glasgow will encourage other fleet operators to reduce their own carbon footprint and contribute to a carbon free zone in the city.
This announcement comes after the council has worked to convert 20 smaller lorries to dual fuel hydrogen as well as revealing over 100 new fuel cell vehicles had already been delivered in the city.