Four forklifts, seven cars. That's what our CNG fleet looks like. The reason behind conventional fuels losing their status here in Bílovice is the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Thanks to investments in compressed natural gas technologies, we've manage to steer clear of the production of around thirteen metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. The company aims to further reduce our carbon footprint from transport.
Vehicles running on compressed natural gas are not the center of attention today. At the current lower prices of gasoline and diesel, they no longer bring such a huge advantage, and the future is looking rather to hybrid systems and electromobility. In one thing, however, CNG dominates – its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions is indisputable and the reason is obvious. CNG is essentially methane, which in comparison with other conventional fuels, contains far less carbon. And its combustion creates CO2.
Kovocité is a manufacturing company. In our workshops, for example, we produce street furniture or outdoor furniture. We transfer material and semi-finished products between our manufacturing halls by four CNG-powered forklifts made by Linde Material Handling. Gas is readily available from the company's on-site filler. Taking into account that on average, the forklifts operate from 2,000 to 2,500 engine hours per year, we are talking about saving over twelve tons of CO2 compared to using diesel. In terms of nitrogen oxides, the savings amount to up to 152 tons.
In addition, we procure only CNG versions for our passenger vehicle fleet. We currently operate seven such vehicles, one more than in 2019. Last year, these cars, mostly Octavia models by Skoda Auto, traveled 217,172 kilometers. The version with a gasoline engine also using compressed natural gas has reported emissions per driven kilometer seven grams lower than the similarly powerful diesel engine of the same manufacturer. In this case, we can express the reduction of the environmental burden by not producing 1,520 kilograms of CO2.
The effort to reduce and compensate for the carbon footprint of the entire logistics and production chain is one of Kovocité's priorities. In addition, we are currently preparing to plant new forest cover, which will be created over cca two hectares in the Kladná Žilín district of Luhačovice. Kovocité has purchased the property, cleared the land and fenced it in. The planting itself will take place this spring. A total of 12,000 seedlings are to be planted.