Sustainability influencing articulated hauler design
By Andy Brown24 August 2023
Articulated hauler manufacturer Rokbak has revealed that its commitment to sustainability and meeting environmental goals have influenced the design of its haulers.
Rokbak – part of the Volvo group – is aligned to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Specific aims include a 30% reduction in CO2 by 2030, a 50% factory operations emission reduction by the same year and becoming net-zero by 2040.
These incentives have influenced the design of Rokbak trucks, the daily operation of the Rokbak Motherwell factory in Scotland and a strict adherence to the Rokbak sustainability roadmap.
Reducing impact on the environment has seen Rokbak employ strategies stemming from fuel consumption analysis, examining alternative fuels, extending maintenance cycles and lessening maintenance consumables. Furthermore, this research and development in sustainability has led to the reduction of total cost of ownership (TCO) for Rokbak customers.
“A lot of work has gone into our sustainability drive over the years,” says Charlie Urquhart, Rokbak Product Manager. “Rokbak’s heritage, knowledge and resources mean that we’re constantly developing and looking to improve the trucks and the way we operate, in a manner that benefits our customers.”
Fuel consumption is the biggest cost of operating a machine and the Rokbak RA30 and RA40 EU Stage V engines produce a fuel consumption saving of up to 7%, when compared to the previous EU Stage IV engines. This means lower operating costs and less impact on the environment.
Both the RA30 and RA40 are compatible with hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), a fuel that allows customers a ‘quick-hit’ on their individual net-zero targets.
Currently, the Rokbak factory operates entirely on sustainable energy sources. The company is actively working toward achieving accreditation for a zero-waste-to-landfill policy, diverting 95% of generated waste away from landfills.