Parcel delivery firm Evri, formerly known as Hermes UK, is trialling Green D+ HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil), a renewable diesel replacement derived from waste and residue oils.

The trial, using Evri’s local HGV fleet at its Brooklands depot in Surrey, is designed to test claims that the fuel cuts emissions by more than 90% and to assess the need to use more volume than diesel due to its lower calorific content.

Green D+ HVO can be used in standard diesel vehicles without any modifications. The fuels can be mixed so tanks don’t need to be cleaned if they need to switch back to diesel.

David Landy, Evri head of fleet, said: “At Evri we are currently using CNG (compressed natural gas) vehicles for our first mile, client collections and trunking and have been investing in electric vehicles for the final mile ParcelShop fleet.

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“The middle mile has been the tricky one to get right and we have trialled the 12t CNG and continue to look at that as an option as well as electric vehicles.

“Green D+ HVO isn’t widely available and there’s a limited supply so it isn’t possible to run our entire fleet from this fuel but, subject to this trial, we believe it will be a viable option to help support our sustainable delivery commitments.”

Magnus Hammick, chief operating officer of Green Bio Fuels (GBF), said: “We’re proud to welcome Evri to the GBF family of partners. All of our clients have one thing in common: they are determined to deliver on their net zero commitments and are making every proactive change they can.

“Supporting Evri with Gd+ will not only help to reduce their emissions during deliveries, but it will also improve local air quality in communities, so we can all breathe a little easier.”