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 FRIDGE TRAILER INNOVATIONS
 STAY COOL
Refrigerated transport makes a relatively significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, but manufacturers are already making strides to produce options that address that problem. By Dan Parton
 H ow to decarbonise road transport is
one of the biggest challenges in the sector and for governments
internationally if they are to meet their climate change targets in the coming years and up to 2050.
While much of the focus has been on finding alternatives to traditional diesel
power such as electric and hydrogen for commercial vehicles, the importance
of decarbonising auxiliary components such as refrigeration units should not be overlooked.
Recent research published by Zemo Partnership found that diesel-powered auxiliary transport refrigeration
units (TRUs) used in the cold chain distribution system make a significant
contribution to transport-related greenhouse gas emissions and have an even greater impact on polluting emissions of NOx and particles, which have directly damaging health effects.
The study, funded by Transport Scotland, tested two representative, conventional diesel auxiliary TRUs for a range of operating scenarios, designed to mirror typical usage patterns.
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