Our HVO trial is a success

Switching from diesel to vegetable oil should reduce our fuel carbon emissions by up to 90%

Published: 02 Nov 2021

A large proportion of the Council’s carbon footprint comes from the fuel used in its vehicles.  We started using Hydro-treated Vegetable Oil (HVO) in all of the Council-owned vehicles in April 2021 instead of using diesel.

HVO is a clean burning bio-based liquid fuel. It is significantly better for the environment than regular diesel or bio-diesel.

We are working with one of the UK’s largest suppliers, Certas Energy, who have a provided us with a certificate confirmation of sustainability and calculated that the switch to HVO should reduce our carbon emissions by up to 90% (119 tonnes per month).

To date we have had no issues so we are delighted to announce that all our council vehicles will be continuing with this new more environmentally-friendly fuel whilst we explore alternative options for our fleet for the future.