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Managing and optimising transport for Air Pollution Control residues

Managing and optimising transport for Air Pollution Control Residue waste (APCr) to significantly reduce traffic movements and CO² impact

Project Overview

In August 2023, Augean won a contract with Viridor Beddington ERF to be their Air Pollution Control Residue (APCr) off-taker, resulting in a volume of around 7,000 tonnes per year being collected, transported and treated for recovery by Augean.

Solution

Augean implemented environmental improvements in the APCr collection and transportation process by optimising backhauls (fewer empty loads in returning tankers) and increasing payloads (larger haulage capacity per load).

The focus was on improving and optimising haulage efficiency, by introducing a 70mtanker fleet. The key part to organising the transport was to consider the back-loading opportunities and use as many vehicles as possible delivering to other nearby sites, thus keeping ‘empty’ running miles to a minimum.

Augean optimised backhauls and utilised larger tankers achieving an average of approximately 25.5 tonnes to be transported per load, rather than 14-17 tonnes previously, reducing Scope 3 CO2 emissions by 2,054.12 kg CO2e every week.

Switching to 70m3 tankers with Augean has made our offloading process smoother and more efficient. Utilising backloading opportunities and larger tankers means fewer tankers on the road and a significant reduction in associated emissions which is a great achievement! The service from Augean is great, remaining flexible with haulage which is a must in the 24-hour power industry.

By working closely with Viridor and Augean’s haulier (Hardwick Haulage) from the very start, we were able to make the transition period as smooth as possible, with no operational impact to our client. Within a month of starting collections from Beddington ERF, we were able to demonstrate efficiencies with on-time collections and utilisation of 70m3 pneumatic powder tankers, averaging 25.5 tonnes payloads, compared to 14 - 17 tonne payloads the client was receiving via the previous APCr off-take contractor. This has resulted in a reduction of vehicle movements on site and on the public highway network, and most importantly, reduced total Scope 3 CO2 emissions by 2,054.12 kgCO2e every week.

Project Overview

Client: Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at Viridor Beddington

Project Name: Optimising APCr Haulage

Volume: 7,000 tonnes per year

Project Scope: Collection, Transport, Treatment & Recovery

Project Highlights:

  • The ERF uses Augean’s collection, treatment and recovery services for about 7,000 tonnes per year of Air Pollution Control Residues (APCr)
  • Efficiencies initiated and implemented by Augean in APCr haulage resulted
    in 2-3 APCr collection tankers per
    week being removed from the
    highways network, resulting in a reduction of Scope 3 CO2 emissions by 2,054.12 kg CO2e every week

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