The partnership means that existing diesel refuse trucks will be upcycled instead of scrapped as Biffa transitions its fleet to zero-emissions powertrains, and each ‘Upcycled Electric Vehicle’ will emit zero tailpipe emissions and save 21 tonnes of embedded carbon versus replacing with a new vehicle. Lunaz’ ‘1 for 1’ policy ensures the decommissioning of every fossil fuel engine before recycling its components, effectively removing a polluting vehicle from the global car park with every vehicle it electrifies. For UK councils, the procurement of these vehicles represents a significant saving for the taxpayer, with more than £1 million in public money saved for every 20 vehicles upcycled and electrified versus buying new EV equivalents.
This agreement represents a key milestone for Biffa, signalling clear progress towards its 2030 sustainability commitments in line with the UN’s sustainable development goals. Biffa has committed to reducing emissions by 50% by 2030, building on a 70% reduction since 2002, and to cease buying fossil-fuelled trucks as soon as practicable.
Lunaz, which has a capacity to upcycle over 1,110 industrial vehicles every year, has committed to expanding its UK upcycling and electrification footprint to meet surging demand for electrified vehicles in the run-up to the 2030 ban on the sale of fossil fuelled vehicles. The British economy further benefits as Biffa and Lunaz are pioneering growth in circular practices at a critical time, supporting more than 300 jobs and a new, green capability.