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The new fuel also cuts out diesel smell and allows vehicles to run more quietly

Brakes has halved nitrous oxide emissions across its Premier Park depot fleet by trialling a cleaner and more efficient Shell fuel in partnership with distributor Certas Energy.

Since launching the trial in November, the foodservice operator has cut emissions by 47%, smashing its initial target of a 10%-20% reduction.

The foodservice operator became the first company to trial Shell’s gas-to-liquids (GTL) fuel when it rolled out new fuel across all 78 of its vehicles at its West London depot in November.

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The new fuel also cuts out the diesel smell, allows vehicles to run more quietly and reduces the need to clean its particulate filters.

“Brakes is delighted to have played a major part in the introduction of GTL,” a Brakes spokesman told The Grocer.

“Whilst the results have been extremely positive, careful consideration will have to be given before the scheme is rolled out nationwide, if at all. As of yet that discussion has not happened.”

He added: “We don’t believe that any other foodservice or transport companies have yet started to use GTL, but would encourage them to consider it, especially as this fuel, new to the UK, is now readily available in the North West and South East.”