HVO trial roll out will fuel Suttons tankers on its road to net zero

In line with its ESG strategy and aim to become net zero by 2040, Suttons Tankers has embarked on an eight-week trial using Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as an alternative fuel.

The logistics provider is trialling the alternative fuel to assess emission reduction, cost and practicality.

The trial, covering 5 routes, aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 91000 Kg through the use of HVO. Compatible with existing diesel engines without any need for modifications the alternative fuel has a significantly lower carbon footprint than diesel and reduces CO2 emissions by a minimum of 85%.

After a successful trial phase, a full implementation of this sustainable fuel source throughout the Suttons fleet is planned with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions by 39000 tonnes – 85% of the logistics provider’s Scope 1 emissions.

The trial is one of many initiatives within Suttons’ ESG strategy which focuses on laying the foundations for a sustainable future and delivering net zero for the business by 2040.

Understanding HVO

Steve Hassall, fleet director, commented on the trial: “Sustainability, ESG and reducing our carbon footprint are at the absolute forefront of our agenda at Suttons and, in order to move this forward, we are trialling HVO so that we can fully understand the emissions reductions, costs and practicalities of this product.

Martin Tomlinson, head of media and truck demonstration at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, added: “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.

“Last year we even fuelled our own 44-tonne Volvo FH with I-Save demonstrator with HVO when it set a new record of 9.82mpg around the demanding commercial motor test route, highlighting its suitability as a drop-in replacement for regular diesel.”

A step in the right direction

Acknowledging the challenges Steve adds: “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.”