Product DevelopmentThe activities of the Leyland Product Development Group have a major influence over the Environmental performance of the product range and include a large number of Environmental considerations. These include the use of Selective Catalytic Reduction, Exhaust Gas Recirculation and Diesel Particulate Filtration technologies which are employed together to meet the latest Euro VI emission standard, which was implemented on all new EU market vehicles from 31st December 2103. This has delivered a 95% reduction in NOx and a 97% particulate matter reduction when compared to the Euro I standard introduced in 1993.
The greatest contribution to carbon reduction is through ensuring best fuel efficiency and the whole product range is recognised as being amongst the most economic on the road today, as shown in trade press road tests throughout the product range. There are a number of contributing factors to this performance including the use of lighter materials to reduce the weight and fuel use of the vehicles. Automated manual gearboxes are also offered where electronic gear selection reduces driver stress, improves fuel use and extends the service life of the transmission.
In addition at Euro VI other fuel saving features have been introduced including Vehicle Acceleration Rate Management and Driver Performance Assist, the latter of which provides the driver with positive feedback on his driving style to encourage fuel efficient driving.
We continue to develop and test new technologies which can contribute to both the environment and the future cost of operation of our vehicles.
Water QualityLeyland Trucks has systems in place to reduce the amount of water used in its production processes and also to carefully control the quality of its wastewater discharge.
Rain water drains and foul sewer drains are separate and are meticulously monitored and controlled to ensure that no harmful substances are incorrectly released.
All washroom facilities on site use automatic taps and reduced flush toilets to control the amount of water used by these processes.
The robotic chassis spray facility installed in 2005 uses a water based abatement system to collect the paint overspray which is then removed and treated before the water is reused; this process allows the water to be used several times before it is treated a final time and then discharged into the foul sewer system. A similar process is used at the vehicle run up and testing rigs where the cooling water is reused several times over before it is cleaned and safely discharged in compliance with the appropriate legislation.
Air Quality/Factory EmissionsLeyland Trucks has implemented various measures in its state of the art production facilities to reduce its emission levels. These include:
Eliminating toxic chemicals from our production processes wherever possible such as in the chassis painting process.
The introduction of a robotic chassis paint plant in 2005, which has dramatically reduced the amount of paint overspray and emissions from this process.
Promoting car sharing initiatives and providing showers and bike storage facilities to reduce traffic emissions from employees commuting to and from work.
The use of external consultants to help us identify further areas for improvement.