HVO fuel pilot: A more sustainable alternative to diesel

The HVO pilot was launched by HTM in June 2020. It aims to evaluate the benefits of HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) fuel as a suitable alternative to ULSD (Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel).

The fuel was initially trialled in four fleet vehicles over 12 months. Now HTM’s depot fuel has transitioned to HVO fuel. The controlled pilot will quantify the expected nitrogen oxide (NOx), carbon dioxide (CO2) and particulate reductions alongside the financial cost of switching to HVO.

Reducing CO2

We estimate that the move to HVO will achieve the following benefits for the Hampshire County Council fleet:

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  • 88%
  • annual reduction in CO2e (1,207 tonnes of CO2e)
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  • 27%
  • decrease in NOx
  • 84%
  • reduction in PM2.5 particulate matter
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What is HVO?

  • HVO is a 100% renewable product and is a by-product of the food industry
  • It is a direct replacement for ULSD
  • Compared to ULSD, HVO offers a significant reduction of 90% in CO2 Emissions and a 27% decrease in nitrogen oxides. Unlike ULSD, HVO releases virtually no particulates
  • HVO allows for engines to run cleaner and more efficiently, which has the added potential benefit of lowering maintenance costs