Tomorrow (Tues, 6th Nov) sees the 4th annual Freight in the City Expo, to be held at Alexandra Palace in London, and Dearman will exhibit our groundbreaking liquid nitrogen-powered engine.
Last year’s Expo saw 1,000 people from 500 organisations attend. It’s not hard to see why there was such an impressive turnout, given the many ongoing debates that will shape the future of the freight sector- Brexit, air quality, driver shortages, direct vision, alternative fuels, to name but a few.
Tomorrow’s focus will be particularly on tackling air pollution, given the variety of clean air zones and air quality plans due to come into force. This is where Dearman is playing a major role and we will be exhibiting tomorrow with Innovate UK, whose continuous support for Dearman has been invaluable.
A significant share of the freight sector’s polluting emissions come from diesel-powered refrigerated deliveries. These are the large supermarket delivery trucks that have, not one, but two diesel engines- one to power the vehicle, and one to power the refrigeration in the rear compartment.
The second diesel engine is much more weakly regulated- in fact it emits six times as much nitrogen oxides and 29 times as much particulate matter as the main engine. The new regulations on non-road mobile machinery, which will apply to new secondary engines going onto the market, will apply from January 2019 but will make little difference to those emission levels.
Attendees at the Freight in the City Expo will be aware that refrigerated delivery is firmly on the radar of policymakers looking to reduce emissions. It’s why ministers funded a recent trial at Leeds City Council, supported by Dearman, to look at the difference that a zero-emission transport refrigeration unit (TRU) could make to air quality. It’s why the Mayor of London and Transport for Greater Manchester have explicitly said they want to encourage the uptake of cleaner alternatives to diesel TRUs.
At tomorrow’s Expo, Dearman will display our pioneering engine that is at the heart of our zero-emission TRU. The event looks set to be attended by some of the biggest fleet operators in the country, all of whom know they need to shift to cleaner TRUs before the heavy hand of regulation guides them to.
The likes of Unilever, Sainsbury’s, and Marks & Spencer have already deployed the Dearman TRU. The Freight in the City Expo will be another chance for us to meet fleet managers and show them how our expertise can help them get ahead of the curve.
Established in late 2011, Dearman is developing a suite of zero-emission technologies, powered by the expansion of liquid air or nitrogen.