Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have launched a joint Carbon Reduction Management Plan, to fulfil their ambitions of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. One key area of the plan is focused on reducing their vehicle fleet emissions by switching from standard diesel to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), a low carbon biofuel, which is made using sustainably sourced waste vegetable oils.
The fleet of vehicles consists of the 35 refuse and recycling collection vehicles which represent 26% of the councils’ total CO2 emissions, equivalent to circa 880 tonnes per year.
Waste Collection Contract Services Goes Green
Serco Environmental Services have operated a shared services contract with Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils since 2007. With responsibility for delivering refuse and recycling collections to over 118,000 households across the two districts, the fleet of 35 vehicles is operated from two depots in Stowmarket and Sudbury.
In 2021 the councils invested in two HVO fuel storage tanks to make the transition away from diesel both quick and easy.
Serco are committed to both supporting the net zero carbon ambitions of their customers and achieving net zero emissions themselves by 2050. Working collaboratively with Babergh & Mid Suffolk, this initiative supports their environmental management systems and objectives.
More About HVO and fuel supply to Serco
Talick Fuels ltd, supply HVO to Babergh & Mid Suffolk via Serco Environmental Services UK.
Talick provides HVO fuel, a fossil-free, renewable alternative to diesel which is ahigh quality paraffinic (EN15940) fuel, with zero sulphur and zero aromatic content.
Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil is created through a process of hydrogenation whereby all of the oxygen is removed from the oil to produce a mix of linear paraffins, CO2 and water. The raw material used is a mixture of vegetable oils and waste fats which are then hydrotreated to create a bio-based hydrocarbon renewable fuel alternative to diesel.
Market trends indicate that the UK will see significant growth in HVO demand within the next 12–18 months as organisations look to transition their commercial fleet.
The Benefits of Councils Switching Away from Diesel to HVO
HVO fuel provides a quick and efficient way to reduce emissions. This is because, aside from slightly increased fuel costs and new tanks, the transition from diesel fuel to HVO requires minimal changes to the councils’ existing fleet.
HVO costs around 10-15% more than conventional diesel, but Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils see this as a worthwhile investment for a cleaner environment for the local community as it reduces carbon emissions by up to 90%.
HVO fuel is odourless and biodegradable, and provides:
- Up to a 90% reduction in CO2 emissions
- Up to a 30% reduction in Nitrogen Oxide emissions
- Up to an 86% reduction in Particulate Matter
It also carries the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification – approved by the European Commission.