Beauparc - the owner of waste management firm Panda - is investing €10m in a fleet of 45 compressed natural gas bin trucks here.

Panda said the move is the first of its kind for a municipal waste operator in Dublin and is part of its commitment to reducing its emissions and carbon footprint across its operations. 

In a partnership with Gas Networks Ireland, Panda will also build and operate two filling stations -  in Ballymount near the N7 and M50 and in Finglas close to the N2, M50 and M1.

Construction on the two projects will get underway next summer with both stations expected to be in operation by the end of 2020. 

Compressed natural gas can reduce emissions by 22% compared to diesel, while it also has significantly lower nitrous oxide and sulphur dioxide emissions and a 99% reduction in particulate matter emissions.

Earlier this year, Gas Networks Ireland opened the country's first publicly-accessible, fast-fill CNG station in Dublin Port with the second station due to be commissioned in Cashel early in the New Year.

Panda provides waste management solutions to over 30,000 commercial customers and over 285,000 households all over Ireland.

Brian Bolger, group fleet director at Panda, said that sustainability is at the heart of its business and this is a significant step for the company.

"The partnership with Gas Networks Ireland is transformative in allowing us to realise our ambitions in delivering this green fleet," Mr Bolger added.