Simpsons Malt, the fifth-generation family malting business, is the latest to switch its fleet from diesel to HVO fuel in a bid to reduce its CO2 and NOx emissions.

The synthetic paraffinic hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel, made from renewable raw materials, will power 28 DAF trucks in the firm’s fleet based out of its Berwick-upon-Tweed headquarters.

At the beginning of this year, the company also took delivery of a 140,000-litre HVO storage tank from its supplier Crown Oil.

Additional haulage partners are also using the fossil-free fuel for their malt deliveries with the company.

David McCreath, Simpsons Malt group fleet manager, said: “In the five months our wagons have been running on HVO, we have been very impressed with the performance, with no change in the miles per gallon of the vehicles, while refuelling has also been made simple through our on-site HVO tank supplied and regularly restocked by Crown Oil.”