Lomond: The Wholesale Food Co is continuing its ongoing commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and its impact on the environment with the arrival of its latest hybrid vehicles.
The 20 new 7.5 tonne hybrid refrigeration vehicles boast brand new Lomond livery. The new design, which states ‘Always leading, never following’, was inspired by feedback from a long-standing customer who was delighted with the service and products they received from the Glasgow-based wholesaler.

The lorries have been built to a bespoke specification for Lomond to make them as environmentally friendly as possible and as a result, the wholesaler has reduced its carbon footprint by 50% since 2017.

“While the government monitors carbon emissions from vehicles, they don’t monitor emissions from refrigeration, which is actually six times more polluting than the category six engines,” said Barbara Henderson, Director.

“We have taken out the red diesel engine and fitted a battery so we now have vehicles where the refrigeration is powered by electricity rather than red diesel. In addition to dramatically reducing pollution, this also strips out weight which means we can carry an additional 1.3 ton of stock per vehicle, leading to increased efficiency in our business and less vehicles on the road.”

The new lorries add to the fleet of electric company cars that Lomond introduced during 2021 for its field sales team. All team members have electric chargers fitted to their homes and Lomond directors, Sam and Barbara Henderson, also drive electric vehicles.

In addition, Lomond has also taken delivery of a fully electric van to be used in the local area to showcase the wholesaler’s commitment to sustainability and reducing its environmental impact. This van will replicate the existing Lomond livery, but in green to emphasise its green credentials.

“We are firmly committed to doing the best we can to reduce our carbon footprint and ensure we take decisions that reduce our impact on the environment, and our vehicles are a major element of this,” said Barbara. “We also take measures within our depot, such as fitting an air curtain to reduce energy wastage, and carrying out heat surveys to ensure energy efficiency.”

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