TPG Post Pakketservice running 56 vehicles in Amsterdam on 100% biodiesel

By News Editor / Updated: 29 Aug 2014

TPG Post Pakketservice is changing its fleet to run on 100% bio diesel. Since june 2006 the 56 delivery vans that are used to deliver packages six days a week all around the Amsterdam area are running on 100% bio diesel. The project aims to make the vehicles more environmentally friendly.

Backgrounds & Objectives

Royal TPG Post BV offers a broad range of services in the field of collection and distribution of national and international post. TPG Post is part of TNT NV.The fleet of TPG Post Pakketservice consists of 650 delivery vans of the type Volkswagen LT. Besides the 56 vans in Amsterdam on bio diesel all vans are running on conventional diesel. The vans are operating mostly in urban and to a lesser extent in mixed and rural environments.The decision to start with the bio diesel trial in Amsterdam fits within the TNT philosophy regarding sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship. The target for the trial is a 50% reduction of particulate matter (pm10) and CO2 emission. (Bio-diesel itself is CO2 neutral, but due to production losses the target was set at 50%).Main reason to choose bio diesel was that the present vans (Volkswagen LT) can drive on bio-diesel without modification. When using EU certified bio diesel (which TPG Post does) there is no change in the warranty conditions.

Implementation

All the 56 delivery vans operating in the Amsterdam area are running on 100% bio diesel since June 2006. The 56 delivery vans are expected to use around 120,000 litres of bio diesel per year. On the average the vehicles drive about 40 kilometres a day. Wiersma & Zn Oliehandel in Sneek is supplying the bio diesel, made from rapeseed oil.The drivers refuel the vehicles at the two depots in Amsterdam now containing bio diesel fuel pumps.>Importer Pon VW and owner Athlon Car Lease Nederland are also involved in the project, and monitor whether the use of pure bio diesel results in extra maintenance or other problems. Since the Volkswagen LT is suited for bio diesel, the vehicles didn’t need to be converted.

Conclusions

The experiences so far are positive but still limited (the project started June 2006). A first impression is that the operational characteristics (like acceleration) didn’t change significantly. It is not known yet whether the maintenance costs will increase/decrease.An advantage is that the drivers don’t need to fill at a public gas station anymore but can refill at the 2 bio diesel filling points at the own depots.With biodiesel, CO2 and particulate emissions are reduced by 50% and 70%.This project was part of the Driving Clean programme, an initiative of the parent company, TNT. In addition to driving on biodiesel, a trial is also being conducted into fitting soot filters to the existing fleet of vehicles, and 176 lorries have been ordered with Euro V engines.Because the experiences with this second trial were more positive, the company decided not to continue with biodiesel because improved soot filters created the same effect on emission reduction and were much cheaper to install.

More information

www.tpgpost.nl (Dutch) or http://group.tnt.com (English)Social Responsibility Report 2006
Topic: 
Clean and energy-efficient vehicles
Archive
Country: 
Netherlands
City: 
Amsterdam
Contact: 
Tom Groenewegen
Author: 
Rob Jeuring
Keywords: 
fuels - composition
fuels – liquid regenerative
infrastructure - (garages
fueling stations
…)
reduction – greenhouse gases
01 Sep 2006
29 Aug 2014