DPD has begun switching its entire diesel HGV fleet over to renewable and sustainable biofuel, with all vehicles running on Green D (Gd+) hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) by the end of 2023.

Gd+ HVO is a renewable diesel replacement made to EN15940 standard. It is the lowest emission diesel replacement fuel available.

GD+ is made entirely from waste and is defined as renewable and sustainable whilst being highly refined.

It can be used in any diesel engine without the need for modifications or capital expenditure and there is no degradation in performance.

DPD said that by using the fuel, operators of diesel engines typically save lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 90%.

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The parcel firm will begin switching its 1,600 strong HGV fleet to Gd+ HVO immediately and following a trial the company aims to convert 60% of its vehicles this year.

The remaining vehicles will switch by the end of 2023.

Gd+ HVO will be delivered directly to DPD’s onsite tanks nationwide by existing bulk fuel supplier Essar.

Justin Pegg, DPD COO, said: “This is a very significant step in the journey to decarbonising our entire fleet and achieving our aim of being the most sustainable parcel delivery company in the UK.

While we are well on the way to electrifying our delivery van fleet, the HGV linehaul fleet has always been a very different challenge.

“We have assessed a range of options and it is clear now that this is the most effective and practical way to make a real difference.”

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