A WINSFORD-BASED vehicle salvage business is working with students to reduce its carbon emissions.

SYNETIQ, in Road Three of the Winsford Industrial Estate, is taking part in a joint project exploring alternative technologies for its diesel-powered HGV trucks.

As part of its ambition to become net-zero, the IAA company is collaborating with automotive and mechanical engineering master’s students at Sheffield Hallam University.

Elisa Caton, sustainability manager at SYNETIQ, said: "We’re proud to continue our work with Sheffield Hallam as part of our ongoing commitment to reaching net-zero operational carbon emissions.

"The project with Sheffield Hallam University is key to achieving important milestones on our journey, and we look forward to exploring alternative and innovative solutions over the coming years as we work together to build a more sustainable future."

According to the Road Haulage Association, a major issue preventing the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from HGVs is a lack of infrastructure allowing adequate power for battery or hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The SYNETIQ and Sheffield Hallam University project could support a future selection of fuelling options for the sector.

Nicholas Pickett, subject group leader for mechanical, materials and design at the university, said: “The visit has enabled our students to gain a greater appreciation of the technical, commercial and environmental challenges the company faces when processing a salvaged vehicle, in order to reclaim and recycle its components and materials.

"We are very grateful to the company for allowing us to visit, and for the time their staff spent explaining and answering our students’ many questions about their processes."

Energy consumption due to heavy goods vehicles grew by more than 50 per cent between 2000 and 2005, and the transport sector currently accounts for 24 per cent of CO2 emissions worldwide.