Green light for Euro 5

Lo­cal com­pa­nies are be­ing quick off the mark for a cleaner fu­ture, writesGRAHAMSMITH

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THE road-trans­port in­dus­try was once con­sid­ered one of the vil­lains of the en­vi­ron­ment. It was widely re­garded as be­ing among the worst pol­luters. But com­mu­nity-minded op­er­a­tors, in­clud­ing the CRT Group, are go­ing be­yond the call of duty to show they are safety con­scious and en­vi­ron­men­tally aware by buy­ing cleaner, safer trucks than the law de­mands.

Ev­ery de­ci­sion the CRT Group makes is aligned with its core value of safety, chief ex­ec­u­tive Cameron Dunn says.

‘‘Be­fore we make any busi­ness de­ci­sion, we ask, ‘Is it safe as well as sus­tain­able?’ ’’ Dunn says.

The drive to be re­spon­si­ble, in terms of the en­vi­ron­ment and safety, is be­hind the group’s move to Euro 5-com­pli­ant Volvo trucks for its fleet.

‘‘In the trucks we buy we look for the ones that meet our needs to cre­ate a safe and sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment,’’ Dunn says. ‘‘The Volvos tick all of th­ese boxes.’’ But it’s not only the CRT Group that is tak­ing on the chal­lenges of be­ing safe and en­vi­ron­men­tally aware.

OTHER com­pa­nies in the road-trans­port in­dus­try are head­ing down the same road and also buy­ing Euro 5 trucks. To even get a look-in on some con­tracts with ma­jor cus­tomers, trans­port and lo­gis­tics com­pa­nies are hav­ing to buy trucks that com­ply with Euro 5 emis­sion lim­its, which are the equiv­a­lent of lim­its that don’t come into play here un­til 2011.

Oth­ers are just as keen to adopt a more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly stance.

Cus­tomers in­clud­ing Wool­worths, which wants to back up its fresh, green cor­po­rate im­age by hav­ing more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly trucks de­liv­er­ing its pro­duce, are spec­i­fy­ing Euro 5 emis­sion lim­its as a key re­quire­ment for the trucks they buy.

Woolies has bought Euro 5-com­pli­ant Volvos, Mercedes-Ben­zes and DAFs for its fleet, and is now buy­ing only the cleaner trucks.

Other fleets, such as Toll, are also spending up on Euro 5 trucks in a grow­ing trend.

Meet­ing Euro 5 is rel­a­tively easy for truck­mak­ers em­ploy­ing Se­lec­tive Cat­alytic Re­duc­tion (SCR) tech­nol­ogy to clean up tailpipe emis­sions.

Truck­mak­ers such as Volvo, MercedesBenz, DAF and Iveco al­ready use SCR to meet the Euro 4 emis­sion lim­its (ADR 80/02).

It’s mostly a mat­ter of in­ject­ing more of the urea ad­di­tive, such as AdBlue or Nonox, into the ex­haust gas stream to achieve the stricter lim­its.

Though it seems sim­ple it’s not quite that easy and sig­nif­i­cant costs are in­volved. A Euro 5 truck is many thou­sands of dol­lars more ex­pen­sive than a Euro 4 equiv­a­lent, and they use more urea ad­di­tive, so fleet op­er­a­tors pay a sub­stan­tial price in step­ping up to the tougher lim­its ear­lier than the law de­mands.

The CRT Group is part of the na­tional trans­port and lo­gis­tics com­pany QR. With a fleet of 70 trucks op­er­at­ing on the east coast and in the west, CRT be­lieves the higher price of the Euro 5 trucks is worth pay­ing.

‘‘I want the CRT Group to be safe and en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble,’’ Dunn says.

‘‘That sends a clear mes­sage to the pub­lic and cus­tomers that CRT is a trust­wor­thy and eth­i­cal com­pany to deal with.

‘‘There’s no point just talk­ing about be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly un­less you’re pre- pared to fol­low through with ac­tions that back up your claims.’’

Though the Euro 5 Volvo FM 480s meet the CRT Group’s need to be green, they also align with the com­pany’s vi­sion to be world-class in safety.

All are be­ing equipped with Volvo’s I-Shift au­to­mated shift trans­mis­sion that, Dunn says, lets the driver con­cen­trate on the road ahead rather than fo­cus­ing on chang­ing gears.

Dunn is also equip­ping the CRT Volvos with the Lane Change Sup­port sys­tem. This alerts the driver to ve­hi­cles in the blind spot on the passenger side of the truck when mak­ing a left turn or chang­ing lanes.

Think­ing green: CRT Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­off Dunn with one of the com­pany’s Euro 5-com­pli­ant Volvos.

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