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7R Logistics partners with hydrogen company to decarbonise Tasmanian trucking

7R Logistics is entering into the renewable hydrogen sphere, entering into an agreement with Countrywide Hydrogen that unleashes hydrogen on a scale not seen before in Tasmanian trucking history

Logistics company 7R Logistics/ Blu Logistics has announced the signing of a joint co-operation agreement with renewable hydrogen project company Countrywide Hydrogen to decarbonise the trucking industry in Tasmania.

The partnership will use green hydrogen on fuel-heavy transport vehicles in 7R Logistics’ Tasmanian fleet, with other states then planned to follow.

With 7R Logistics saying road transport accounts for at least 20 per cent of Tasmania’s emissions, in Hobart it estimates the number to be 30 per cent, meaning decarbonisation plans are vital.

Countrywide Hydrogen is aiming to have three Tasmanian hydrogen refuelling sites strategically located near Hobart, Launceston and Burnie, allowing the state’s major transport routes to be covered by a network of refuelling stations.

Countrywide says hydrogen-powered trucks deliver similar or better performance than diesel equivalents in terms of power output, torque, payload, refuelling time, range and whole-of- life cost of operation.

“This partnership with 7R will help to promote the benefits and fast track the development of green hydrogen projects in Tasmania. To help achieve this, we are calling for support where possible from the state government to help enable the transition to zero-emissions road transport,” Countrywide Hydrogen managing director Geoffrey Drucker says.

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“With government support, together we can promote the commitment to zero-emissions road transport, while actively encouraging and supporting others in the industry to transition to zero emissions.”

Hydrogen-powered trucks will be available in Australia to coincide with Countrywide’s first hydrogen production in Tasmania. As a result, 7R has become the first transport operator in the state to sign on to offer a zero-emissions option to customers.

7R has committed to offering a zero-emissions heavy vehicle transport alternative to its customers currently using fuel cell trucks fuelled by renewable hydrogen from Countrywide.

7R currently operates 12 heavy vehicles powered by diesel in Tasmania, on average operating over 200,000 kms a year and each emitting 250 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

7R Logistics managing director Tim Jensen says extrapolating these numbers across this fleet will mean emissions reductions of 3,000 tonnes a year by converting to zero emission fuel cell vehicles.

“With so many Australian companies announcing their emissions reductions targets, there is a strong appetite among them to secure freight services that offer a zero-emissions alternative,” Jensen says.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Countrywide to offer our customers a critically fast-refuelling hydrogen electric option.” 

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