Our road to zero emission 

Waste collection causes 6% of CO2 emissions from city logistics in the Netherlands. As the number of inhabitants in inner-city areas grows, the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other harmful side effects such as nitrogen (NOx), particulate matter (PM) and noise (dB) will increase further. Transport movements during waste collection are so stressful because of short distances combined with a lot of stop and go moments. As a result, a conventional diesel engine is used inefficiently, resulting in high fuel consumption with high emissions.

In 2018, we started the DKTI living lab project with four end users, all of whom are now using a VDL E-POWER waste collection vehicle.

TNO research institute will use the experiences of these frontrunners and the knowledge contributed to develop a roadmap. This roadmap enables the industry to scale up electrical collection and make their waste collection operation fully sustainable by 2030.