Suttons Tankers has begun an eight-week long trial using hydrotreated vegetable oil in an attempt to cut carbon emissions across its operations.
HVO fuel is compatible with existing diesel engines without the need for modifications, and the trial phase aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 91,000kgs on 5 routes.
Full implementation of HVO throughout the Suttons fleet is aimed at reducing 39,000 tonnes of CO2 which is 85% of its Scope 1 emissions.
The company is attempting to become ‘net zero’ by 2040 and this new trial is part of a wider range of ESG initiatives it is implementing.
Martin Tomlinson, Head of Media and Truck Demonstration at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland said: “Running fleets on HVO brings a lot of advantages; it’s a less water and land intensive alternative to biodiesel, and its high quality as a fuel means it can be used in any of our latest Euro-6 diesel trucks.”
Steve Hassall, Fleet Director at Suttons added: “It is naturally more difficult for logistics businesses to reduce their impact on the environment than other industries, but the emergence of alternative fuels such as HVO is a step in the right direction and one that will significantly reduce emissions.”