Lomond has welcomed 20 7.5 tonne hybrid refrigeration vehicles as part of continuing its ongoing pledge to reducing its carbon footprint.
The new design feature the slogan ‘Always leading, never following’, which was inspired by customer feedback according to the wholesaler.
Director at Lomond: The Wholesale Food Co, Barbara Henderson, commented: “While the government monitors carbon emissions from vehicles, they don’t monitor emissions from refrigeration, which is actually six times more polluting than the category six engines.#
“We have taken out the red diesel engine and fitted a battery so we now have vehicles where the refrigeration is powered by electricity rather than red diesel. In addition to dramatically reducing pollution, this also strips out weight which means we can carry an additional 1.3 ton of stock per vehicle, leading to increased efficiency in our business and less vehicles on the road.”
The new lorries join Lomond’s fleet of electric company cars, adopted for its field sales force in 2021. By introducing bespoke, energy-efficient lorries, Lomond has reduced its carbon footprint by half since 2017.
Lomond has also deployed a fully electric van, which will be utilised in the local area to demonstrate the wholesaler’s dedication to sustainability and lowering its environmental effect. The existing Lomond livery will be replicated on this van, but in green to emphasise the company’s commitment to the environment.
“We are firmly committed to doing the best we can to reduce our carbon footprint and ensure we take decisions that reduce our impact on the environment, and our vehicles are a major element of this,” said Henderson.
“We also take measures within our depot, such as fitting an air curtain to reduce energy wastage, and carrying out heat surveys to ensure energy efficiency.”