Suttons Tankers: HVO Trial Advances Net Zero Journey

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Suttons Tankers, a leading transportation company, has commenced an eight-week trial utilising Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as an alternative fuel. This endeavour aligns with the company's Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy.

HVO, known for its sustainability, boasts a considerably lower carbon footprint compared to diesel, resulting in a minimum 85% reduction in CO2 emissions.

The beauty of HVO lies in its compatibility with existing diesel engines, requiring no modifications. During the trial phase, Suttons Tankers aims to curtail CO2 emissions by 91,000 kg across five routes alone.

Full implementation of HVO throughout the company's fleet seeks to reduce 39,000 tonnes of CO2, which accounts for 85% of its Scope 1 emissions. Suttons Tankers has set its sights on achieving net-zero emissions by 2040, with this trial forming one of several initiatives in its comprehensive ESG strategy, establishing a sustainable foundation for the future.

Steve Hassall, Fleet Director, expressed his thoughts on the trial, stating, "Sustainability, ESG, and reducing our carbon footprint are paramount at Suttons. Through the HVO trial, we aim to comprehend the emission reductions, costs, and practicalities associated with this product. While logistics companies face unique challenges in minimising environmental impact, the emergence of alternative fuels like HVO is a step in the right direction that will significantly cut emissions."

Martin Tomlinson, Head of Media and Truck Demonstration at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, also highlighted the advantages of HVO, remarking, "Operating fleets on HVO brings numerous benefits. It serves as a less resource-intensive alternative to biodiesel, and its high fuel quality allows for seamless use in our latest Euro-6 diesel trucks. Last year, we even fueled our own 44-tonne Volvo FH with the HVO during its record-setting journey of 9.82mpg on the demanding Commercial Motor test route, demonstrating its suitability as a drop-in replacement for regular diesel."

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