Heimbach HOYER Photo supplied by Hoyer Group

Hoyer Group selects Euro-6 truck engines to help reduce CO2 emissions

The emissions-reducing restricted-driving zones some cities have introduced for diesel vehicles of certain emissions classes have caused sustained discussion in the media, in political circles, and across society.

These restricted driving zones have been introduced in certain places in response to the European Union’s desire to reduce vehicle emissions that are exceeding safe levels in some major conurbations such as European metropolises like Berlin, London, Paris, Rome, and Madrid.

The driving ban imposed affects all vehicles powered by diesel engines up to and including emissions class Euro 5. The international logistics provider HOYER will avoid any restrictions as 84% of the trucks operated by the company will be powered by emissions class Euro 6 engines by the end of 2018.

More than 96% of the trucks of Hoyer in Germany already have low-emissions engines of the class Euro-6. "We have been working on converting our entire fleet to vehicles powered by Euro-6 engines for quite a while, which is proving to be a good decision,” says Mark Binns, managing director of Petrolog and Group SHEQ at Hoyer. “We increased the number of trucks powered by Euro-6 engines by 58% as compared to last year 2017,"

The logistics company also is testing more environmentally friendly alternative fuels, such as LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas).

The commitment to a modern fleet is not a new development. The Hoyer Group’s SHEQ management system (Safety, Health, Environment, Quality) implemented 20 years ago ensures continuous controlling and optimisation of security, industrial safety, environmental performance and the quality of all operations. Legal requirements are always complied with but often exceeded.

One of the central environmental parameters for Hoyer is the minimization of the CO2 footprint. The company has targeted a 25% reduction of CO₂ emissions per tonne-kilometer by 2020 and has already made good progress. Efforts to improve economical driving behavior, more efficient route planning, minimization of empty kilometers and increase the use of intermodal operations when delivering goods over long distances are all supporting achieving this ambitious target.

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