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Climate change Balcas, Northern Ireland 4/19/2021

Analysing every aspect of our impact

LPG truck Balcas
In 2020, Balcas needed to replace its fleet of 14 forklift trucks. It sought to investigate which trucks would offer the best, most reliable service, but also meet important sustainability criteria.

Integrating sustainability into everyday decision-making

As Pat Sherry, Group Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at Balcas, explains, “Balcas is a carbon-neutral business and we strive to reduce and remove the remaining carbon emissions within our operations. Our fleet of forklifts operating on diesel 24 hours a day presented an opportunity to further reduce our carbon footprint.”

Balcas made the decision to switch its diesel forklift trucks to run on bioLPG, working alongside colleagues at Calor Ireland for supply. This choice was made after careful consideration of reliability, carbon emissions, impact on air quality, noise pollution and price. Electric forklifts were initially considered but were not up to the job of constant use five days a week for 20 hours a day due to the battery charge required.

Accumulating marginal gains

The Balcas team calculated that they could save 200 tonnes of CO2 per year with the switch to bioLPG, as well as improve the air quality on site. As an added bonus, the bioLPG forklifts are significantly quieter than the previous diesel vehicles, require less servicing and are most cost-effective to run.