HVO, or hydrotreated vegetable oil, is a synthetic, paraffinic fuel made from 100% renewable raw materials. It is stable, sustainable and high quality, offering better combustion, filterability and cold temperature resistance than other diesel products.
In January, Simpsons Malt took delivery of a 140,000-litre steel bunded HVO fuel storage tank from provider Crown Oil and, in the weeks that followed, 28 trucks in the company’s fleet based out of its Tweedmouth headquarters – comprising 21 DAF trucks, six Scania trucks and one MAN truck – have gradually transitioned over to HVO, with additional haulage partners also using the fossil-free fuel for their malt deliveries with the company.
As well as reducing net CO2 emissions by up to 90% – which equates to more than 4,000 tonnes based on litres the company’s fleet consumes in a regular year – HVO is also found to reduce NOx (nitrogen oxide) emissions by up to 27% and PM (particulate matter) by up to 84%, with all these key components towards achieving improved air quality.
It is the best available technology to do this until electric or hydrogen powered haulage vehicles become viable, which is still a few years away.
To showcase that the wagons are running more sustainably, an HVO logo – designed by Courage Creative Ltd in County Durham – has been applied to the rear of the trailer of each truck.
The switch to HVO comes hot on the heels of the company assisting all its farming partners who grow malting barley on contract in becoming verified to the SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) to Gold level.
David McCreath, Simpsons Malt group fleet manager, said: “Here at Simpsons Malt, we’re passionate in our quest to reduce our carbon footprint and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to contribute towards this in the transportd department in switching 28 trucks based out of Berwick to HVO, significantly reducing the level of harmful emissions we produce.
“In the five months our wagons have been running on HVO, we have been very impressed with the performance.”