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Howard Tenens Logistics’ Andover depot has switched all its HGVs from diesel to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) in partnership with its customers.

The move to HVO, launched last week, is part of the haulier’s wider strategy to work in partnership with customers across its depots to drive down carbon emissions.

Howard Tenens Logistics, which is headquartered in Stroud, chose HVO after a review of alternative fuels and made its decision based on the carbon savings HVO offers and the fact it requires no vehicle modifications.

The move to HVO was supported by Howard Tenens Logistics’ key clients Abel & Cole, Mole Valley Farmers and Williams & Co.

The company has calculated that by switching to HVO, its Andover HGVs will emit 92% less CO2 emissions than when running on retail diesel, calculated on a well to wheel basis, delivering a saving of 2,873 tonnes of CO2 a year and a 17% cut in the company’s carbon footprint.

Howard Tenens Logistics is now planning to look at other depots where a similar partnership approach can be adopted to roll out HVO, Jamie Hartles, chief executive officer of Howard Tenens Logistics said this week.

“As carbon reduction is a priority for our customers as well as our ourselves, we took the initiative to act now in switching to a sustainable fuel which would create an immediate positive impact for both parties, rather than wait until electric and fuel cell vehicle technologies become available,” he explained.

“The move to HVO as the sole fuel source in Andover could not have happened without the support of our key clients Abel & Cole, Mole Valley Farmers and Williams & Co.

“It is this collaborative approach that has allowed us to create a blueprint that we are optimistic can be rolled out across other depots in the very near future,” he said.

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Andy Taplin, head of retail supply chain at Mole Valley Farmers, welcomes the hauliers migration from diesel to HVO.

“This forms just one part of the ongoing work to reduce the overall carbon footprint and Mole Valley Farmers’ close relationship with Tenens enables us to work together to achieve this,” he added.

Green Biofuels (GBF) will supply the HVO to Howard Tenens’ Andover depot, delivering one million litres a year, sourced entirely from waste oils and fats.

GBF is certified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) and is accredited under the Renewable Fuels Assurance Scheme, which guarantees that the fuel is sustainably sourced and that the supply chain is regularly audited.

Magnus Hammick, GBF chief operating officer, said: “Driving down carbon emissions across entire supply chains and client networks is an extremely important, yet often overlooked part of the climate fight.

“We’re proud to be supporting Howard Tenens Logistics to make a difference today and to prove they are climate conscious industry leaders. Between now and net zero, incremental actions to reduce carbon footprints will be vital for the future of the planet.”

Gloria Esposito, head of sustainability at Zemo Partnership, which works with hauliers to drive down their emissions, praised the company’s strategy and its choice of HVO accredited through the Renewable Fuels Assurance Scheme, which verifies the GHG emission savings and other aspects of its sustainability performance.

“Renewable fuels like HVO can play an important role in decarbonising UK transport by providing emissions savings that can be achieved right now,” she added