Volvo Trucks has approved use of hydro-treated vegetable oils (HVO) for all its Euro-5 engines, with preparation underway for certification of its Euro-6 engines.
HVO, which is a synthetic diesel produced from renewable raw materials such as vegetable and animal fats, as well as rapeseed oil or abattoir waste, is said by Volvo to perform as well as regular diesel, while giving a 30 per cent to 90 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions.
Volvo, working with Renova and DHL Freight, launched a test into the fuel in 2013.
Lars Mårtensson, director environment and innovation at Volvo Trucks, said: “The major challenge is the availability of raw materials and refineries. We therefore hope that our investment in fuel will contribute to increased demand and that the HVO can be used in many other parts of the world in future.”