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Suttons Tankers has embarked on an eight-week trial using Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as an alternative fuel, as part of its wider drive to become Net Zero by 2040.

The company estimates that if the alternative fuel is used across its entire fleet it could cut 39,000 tonnes of CO2, amounting to 85% of its Scope 1 emissions.

HVO is a sustainable fuel source with a lower carbon footprint than diesel, reducing CO2 emissions by a minimum of 85%, according to its manufacturers.

Steve Hassall, Suttons fleet director, said: "Sustainability, ESG and reducing our carbon footprint are at the absolute forefront of our agenda at Suttons, and in order to move this forward we are trialling HVO so that we can fully understand the emissions reductions, costs and practicalities of this product.

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"It is naturally more difficult for logistics businesses to reduce their impact on the environment than other industries, but the emergence of alternative fuels such as HVO is a step in the right direction and one that will significantly reduce emissions.”

Martin Tomlinson, head of media and truck demonstration at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, added: "Running fleets on HVO brings a lot of advantages; it’s a less water and land intensive alternative to biodiesel, and its high quality as a fuel means it can be used in any of our latest Euro-6 diesel trucks.

“Last year we even fuelled our own 44-tonne Volvo FH with I-Save demonstrator with HVO when it set a new record of 9.82mpg around the demanding Commercial Motor test route, highlighting its suitability as a drop-in replacement for regular diesel.”