UAE government-owned Emirates Transport (ET) has launched a natural gas forklift truck, which emits 25% fewer carbon dioxide emissions than other gas-powered vehicles.
It is the first time in the UAE that a compressed natural gas (CNG) forklift will be operated in the country, ET said at the launch of its green industrial vehicle this week.
ET’s modified forklift truck uses greener CNG instead of liquefied petroleum gas to power the truck's engine. Using a CNG-powered vehicle can “significantly reduce carbon emissions” by up to a quarter, according to ET’s executive director of auto services, Amer Ali Al Harmoudi.
As well as providing a more sustainable, eco-friendly option for the trade, there is a clear financial incentive too: CNG-powered forklift trucks are fuel efficient and can reduce petrol costs by up to 80%, according to Al Harmoudi.
He said the introduction of CNG forklift trucks will deliver a “quantum leap” in the use of natural gas to power industrial vehicles and heavy plant machinery in the UAE.
The change could deliver cost savings for the industry. It could help companies reduce air pollution, with businesses exploring ways how to meet the UAE’s long-term aspiration to build a green and sustainable economy.
ET subsidiary Al Ethihad Centre, which specialises in modifying vehicles to run on CNG, carried out the changes to the forklift truck.
ET is a government-owned public transport provider with thousands of vehicles in its fleet. It runs school bus services, transport for various government departments, and counts DP World, and the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority among its clients.