Barker and Stonehouse introduces hydrogen delivery vehicle prototype

Furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse is trialing a prototype hydrogen delivery vehicle as it continues its commitment to reducing its emissions above and beyond its own carbon footprint.

Barker and Stonehouse is proud to be a Carbon Neutral Plus company, a status it achieved in April 2021, making the business the first UK furniture retailer to receive this certification. The business’ new hydrogen delivery vehicle emits zero emissions and is highly energy efficient, marking the retailer’s first step in introducing a more environmentally friendly delivery service.

The vehicle has been two years in the making, with the prototype currently based at Barker and Stonehouse’s Lincoln test centre where delivery drivers will trial its use for 12 months to assess whether its usage is effective whilst delivering environmental gains. The trial will start in July (2024).

If found to be viable, the company’s ambition would be to roll these vehicles out on a national basis, gradually replacing its current delivery fleet.

In line with its sustainability strategy, the company is exploring a range of options for its delivery vehicles as part of an ongoing process. The strategy also includes initiatives to optimise delivery routes for efficiency, invest in renewable energy sources for its stores and warehouses and utilise sustainable packaging materials where possible. By implementing these initiatives, Barker and Stonehouse is setting a new standard for sustainable deliveries across the UK.

James Barker, Managing Director of Barker and Stonehouse says: “Further exploring the use of hydrogen-powered vehicles forms part of our commitment to environmental responsibility and aligns with our goal of minimising our impact on the planet. We are proud to be pioneers in exploring the possibilities of this exciting potential shift.”

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