Cemex is cementing its position as a leader in sustainability within the sector after it unveiled its first ever HVO-powered lorry, operating out of its Tilbury plant.

Dave Hart, Cemex director of supply chain for the UK, said: “The introduction of the new HVO-powered vehicle at our Tilbury plant is another important step on our journey towards reducing carbon emissions within our HGV fleet.

“Electric and hydrogen powered alternatives are either still in development or do not yet have the range or the infrastructure to be supported across our larger vehicle fleet.

“HVO biofuel therefore provides us with the opportunity to reduce carbon emissions, acting as a transitional fuel, whilst we continue to assess other emerging technologies such as electric and hydrogen power.”

HVO is a diesel-like biofuel that can be produced without fossil resources by processing renewable waste.

It is one of the leading alternative renewable fuels available to the construction industry, producing up to 90% less CO2 emissions than traditional diesel fuel and can act as a transitional fuel, helping to lower CO2 emissions whilst the industry moves towards more longer-term solutions such as electric or hydrogen power.

Cemex said it aimed to lead the industry in its approach to creating a more sustainable future through its Future in Action programme, which sets out a combined approach to tackling climate change by reducing carbon emissions, introducing circularity into its operations, and increasing biodiversity.