Food packaging specialist PFF Group has invested a £16,000 Clean Air Zone grant in a new delivery wagon as part of the company’s drive to cut carbon emissions.
The grant was awarded under Bradford Council’s £6.4m Clean Air HGV Fund Programme to help HGV operators adapt to the UK district’s new Clean Air Zone.
The funding has enabled businesses to either replace or retro-fit their vehicles to reduce harmful emissions for around 400 HGVs.
PFF Group used its £16,000 grant as a deposit on a new diesel 18t DAF curtain-side wagon, replacing an older vehicle. The new wagon will be used to make deliveries from PFF’s factory in Keighley to customers in the Bradford area.
Lee Wilkinson, group supply chain director at PFF, said: “We are committed to being as carbon efficient as possible across all of our operations. The new vehicle meets the Euro 6 emissions standard as it’s a larger, more fuel-efficient wagon which means we can make fewer journeys and reduce our carbon footprint.”
Earlier this year, PFF invested £200,000 in new transformer technology which is reducing carbon emissions at its Keighley site.
The new voltage management technology will reduce PFF’s energy costs and increase efficiency at the site, resulting in a 5% reduction in the firm’s carbon footprint.
Family-owned PFF Group is one of the UK’s largest independent food packaging manufacturers, supplying supermarkets, multi-national food manufacturers, food service and fresh produce companies across the country.
PFF employs more than 250 people in total at its Keighley headquarters and at its Sedgefield site. The company is a member of Made in Britain, an initiative which champions UK manufacturing.