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Sembcorp To Launch Trial For State-Of-The-Art Environmentally-Friendly CNG Truck For Waste Collection

July 20, 2010

– First environment management company in Asia to use this truck in its operations
– This high-tech truck will have lower carbon dioxide and noise emissions

Sembcorp Environment, Singapore’s largest environmental solutions company, has launched a trial for a new environmentally-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) truck to be deployed in its waste collection services. Sembcorp is the first company in Asia to use this state-of-the-art truck, the Econic by Mercedes-Benz, in its operations.

Sembcorp is partnering Daimler South East Asia in this one year trial, which aims to test market response and customer demand for CNG vehicles in the municipal, industrial and commercial waste market. The Econic is launched today and will be deployed to cover some areas that Sembcorp serves in Singapore.

Commenting on the trial, Sembcorp Environment Chief Operating Officer Goh Swee Ooi said, “This trial is in line with Sembcorp’s effort to introduce promising new green technologies and solutions to serve our customers. Together with our partner, we will use this opportunity to gauge the market demand and to demonstrate the benefits of this state-of-the-art truck.”

The Econic truck is powered by GPlus CNG, which is marketed by Sembcorp’s natural gas business, and complies with the rigorous Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle (EEV) standard.  Its carbon dioxide emissions are below the limits set by the Euro5 standard, the European emission standard for commercial vehicle. Its high technological combustion process allows smooth running of its engine, reducing noise emission by as much as 50% compared to a regular diesel truck. These reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and noise will mean noticeable benefits for customers in areas which the new truck will be serving.

In addition, the ergonomic low-entry design of the truck’s cab makes it easier and safer for the driver and crew members to get in and out of it, with lesser steps to climb in order to board the truck, and a rugged surface for optimum grip and faster and safer boarding. With its low centre of gravity, the new truck is easy to manoeuvre and provides optimum riding comfort.

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The Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle (EEV) standards define the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions of new vehicles sold in European Union member states.

The Euro5 standard defines the European emission standard for commercial vehicles.


Sembcorp Environment is Singapore’s largest environmental management company with operations spanning 36 cities in Singapore, Australia and India. It provides a full spectrum of environmental management solutions, including waste collection, recycling services, waste-to-resource, waste-to-energy, landfill and composting. Sembcorp serves a total of 1.2 million households, 47,000 industrial and commercial customers and government agencies as well as more than 9,000 health care establishments.


Sembcorp Industries is a leading energy, water and marine group. With facilities with over 5,200 megawatts of gross power capacity and over 4 million cubic metres of water per day in operation and under development, Sembcorp is a trusted provider of essential energy and water solutions to customers in Singapore, China, India, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Oman and the UAE. In addition, it is a world leader in marine & offshore engineering, as well as an established provider of environmental services and developer of integrated townships and industrial parks in the region.

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