Speedy delivery fleet switches to HVO

By Belinda Smart09 December 2021

Speedy has included its delivery fleet to an ongoing company-wide rollout of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) usage.

The switch to HVO covers delivery vehicles, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and tankers at 21 of Speedy’s biggest locations across the country, representing 92% of its HGV fleet.

The fuel will be Green D+ enhanced HVO, which removes 11% of Nitrogen Oxide emissions and is 20% lower in particulates than standard HVOs.

It will save 5,000 tonnes of CO2e over the next 12 months, the company said. 

HVO emits up to 90% less carbon compared to red diesel and the switch by Speedy will save the equivalent CO2 of heating 1,820 UK homes for a year.

The move is a key phase of the firm’s transition to a fully low-carbon fleet by 2030.

Speedy is also reviewing how staff vehicles can refuel with HVO at Speedy sites to help further reduce its overall emissions.

Mike DeRome, Head of Fuel at Speedy, said: “We’re setting ambitious targets for reducing our environmental impact while simultaneously investing millions in low carbon equipment for contractors, as we set out to lead the way in decarbonising construction hire.

“Our fuel usage comprises the largest part of the business’ carbon footprint, making it a priority area for us to take action. Reducing emissions in our delivery fleet helps customers to make big gains in decarbonising their supply chain, reducing the overall carbon footprint of their projects.”

“The switch to HVO fuel across our commercial fleet also helps the business to instantly reduce carbon emissions without wastefully retiring diesel powered assets early in favour of new vehicles, particularly while electric and hydrogen technologies continue to advance and mature.”

To date, Speedy’s HVO rollout has seen its Powered Access division move to refuelling all machinery with HVO as standard. Its Power division is also set to make the swap before the end of the year.

HVO usage is part of Speedy’s commitment to zero carbon emissions, confirmed mid-year. 

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