Leading Sub-Saharan Africa building solutions company, Lafarge Africa has launched a new fleet of 52 liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled trucks.

As a member of Holcin, a global leader in sustainable building solutions, Lafarge intends to work towards its commitment for affordable and clean energy.

In partnership with Ecologique, the new LNG-powered trucks will contribute far less carbon dioxide (CO2) to the environment than fuel oil (30% less) and coal (45% less). The focus on the increased utilisation of LNG has seen CO2 emissions being reduced globally and data from the Energy Information Administration has shown that, since 2006, increased use of natural gas has driven CO2 savings.

As companies the world over adopt cleaner fuels and ‘green’ policies, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the properties of natural gas, such as the low environmental impact of its combustion, energy performance and its abundant global reserves.

Speaking at the launch of the trucks at Lafarge’s Ewekoro plant, Khaled El Dokani, Country Chief Executive Officer, Lafarge Africa, said, “Lafarge Africa is fully aligned with our Group’s vision of building progress for people and the planet and the deployment of the natural gas trucks further takes the organisation closer to the attainment of a net zero carbon emission ambition and five other Sustainable Development Goals – SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure, SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 15 (Life on land) and SDG 17 (Partnership for the goals).”

Lafarge see the use of natural gas as one of many ways the company can actively contribute to protecting the environment while also achieving its sustainability agenda.

Lolu Alade-Akinyemi, Chief Financial Officer, Lafarge, commented, saying, “This initiative is enabling sustainable distrubtion that is smarter and eco-friendly and it is our assurance that our products will reach the end-users in a safer manner.”

“This initiative is a game changer to our bottom line and an entire operation as our focus is to achieve a 28% reduction in overall operating cost as well as significant reduction in air pollution among others.”

The company also intend to add to their new fleet by injecting additional natural gas trucks in the coming months and further decreasing its carbon footprint.

As well as producing less air pollution, LNG-fuelled trucks also create less noise pollution with the equivalent diesel-fuelled trucks being twice as noisy.

Lafarge intends to improve the care of the welfare of its operating environment and thus respond to the global call to action that advises companies to create net negative emissions by 2050.