A report released today states that one million refrigeration units can create the health and environmental impact of 65 million diesel cars.
The analysis, undertaken by Dearman, has highlighted the damaging economic, health and environmental impact that cooling of refrigerated vehicles is having across Europe.
Hundreds of thousands of refrigerated vehicles run on European streets every day – delivering perishable (cold and frozen) goods to restaurants, supermarkets, warehouses, homes and hospitals. The cooling in these vehicles is often powered by an unregulated secondary diesel engine, which is inefficient and disproportionately polluting.
Transport refrigeration units can emit up to 29 times more potentially carcinogenic particulate matter and six times more NOx than far larger, modern diesel truck engines, and up to165 times as much particulate matter and 93 times as much NOx as the latest diesel car engines.
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