What Is Green Diesel?

What Is Green Diesel?

Green diesel is a 2nd generation paraffinic renewable diesel fuel that complies with BS EN 15950 specification and is made from waste oils, fats, and residues.

What Is Green Diesel

The fuel is made from biomass using a high-pressure reaction with hydrogen and results in a highly consistent synthetic product with no oxygen and a very low sulphur content and aromatics. Lubricity additive is included to compensate for the lack of sulphur-induced lubrication.


Pioneered by the Finnish oil company Neste, green diesel is now produced by Phillips 66, Valero Corporation, Eni, and Total among others in the UK, USA, Netherlands, Singapore, France, and Italy. It is also known as renewable diesel, XTL diesel, or HVO fuel (hydrotreated vegetable oil).

The term ‘green’ in green diesel fuel refers to the fact that it is made from waste and has thus already performed a carbon cycle. This means that a net greenhouse gas emissions reduction of over 80% is achieved and as all diesel engines are compatible with HVO, it is a practical way to decarbonise fleets on the journey to net zero.

What Is Green Diesel?

Pros And Cons

Green diesel offers a cleaner burn than mineral fossil diesel with some reporting PM emissions reduction of 40 to 80% (Source: MTU) and while a small reduction in fuel economy can result, it can be viewed as superior for reducing both NOx gases and the exhaust fluid usage. 

Air pollution from diesel vehicles is a key concern in the growing number of clean air zones in UK cities and this fuel greatly reduces particulate matter from combustion.

If you would like to know more about this fuel, we have set out some common questions and answers on this sheet that can be downloaded here or please get in touch on: oil@lubiq.uk

Winter Diesel UK

Winter Diesel UK 

If you are needing a winter diesel UK fuel, then there are more options for these days than just putting an additive into DERV to prevent waxing or diesel bug.

A good option to consider is a synthetic diesel fuel that is popular in Scandinavia where winter temperatures are lower than in the UK, called HVO diesel (hydrotreated vegetable oil). This is a synthetic paraffinic diesel fuel that is made from waste cooking oils and inedible fats and thus a product of the circular economy.

Winter Diesel UK

Performing well at temperatures down to minus 20 centigrade without growing algae, HVO is a drop in alternative to white diesel that can be used in all tractors, snow ploughs and gritters, cars, vans, boats, or generators. Fossil free HVO diesel has higher purity and consistency than normal diesel fuel, you can also mix it with fossil diesel if desired, our HVO meets the EN 15940 specification with logo XTL on the fuel flap.

Offering excellent storage stability with up to 10 years in the tank being possible, it is fair to say that HVO is the perfect winter diesel UK; as a bonus you will also:

  • Wave goodbye to blocked DPF units.
  • Put out up to 80% less particulate matter air pollution.
  • Cut up to 90% less net green house gas emissions.

We deliver HVO diesel fuel all over the UK from a 20 litre jerrycan to 30,000 litres bulk deliveries to commercial or dockside premises or private houses.


Please do get in touch on 01324 309100 or email us at: oil@lubiq.uk

Diesel Fuel For Work Boats And Tugs

Diesel Fuel For Work Boats And Tugs

HVO is an outstanding low carbon fossil free diesel fuel for tugs, workboats, and other shipping offering exceptional storage stability without growing diesel bug, good cold weather performance and much lower PM emissions thanks to cleaner burning.

Diesel Fuel For Boats

As hydrotreated vegetable oil is a synthetic diesel fuel that is made from waste it is a great option as alternative fuels for shipping that helps Cummins, MTU, Volvo Penta, Yanmar, Scania, Caterpillar, or Doosan marine diesel engines for these reasons:

1) Being man-made it is very consistent, high purity, and has a high cetane number.
2) Being made entirely from waste products, it is the circular economy in action.
3) Being not directly related to crude oil can lead to better price stability.
4) Being synthetic it is optimised for exceptionally clean burn and low air pollution.

Extensive tests by MTU and the Port Of London Authority have shown that HVO leaves very little encrusted soot on exhaust valves and piston crowns and dramatically cuts the particulate matter like soot and smoke normally associated with diesel fuel for tugs and workboats.

Low Carbon Diesel Fuel For Ships

This means the propulsion plant is working better and the scrubbers or catalysts do not have to work so hard on the downstream gases; in automotive use, HVO diesel results in less AdBlue fluid use.

Download CAT report on HVO.

Download Port Of London Authority HVO Trial Report

With the onset of taxes on carbon emissions from tugs, shipping, cutters, and workboats it is still more important to lower the green house gases around ports, wind turbines, and other offshore uses; why not speak to us today to see how HVO low carbon marine gas oil can help you?

We can supply HVO diesel for workboats, narrow boats, leisure craft, yachts, and tugs in quantities from a 20-litre jerrycan to a 38,000-litre tanker load, we look forward to supplying you with low-carbon marine gas oil and diesel soon! If you have questions about alternative fuels for shipping then do please call us on 01324 309100.

In the video below you can see MTU power units being replaced with the CAT C32B marine engines:

HVO Renewable Fuel And Gas Oil For Shipping

HVO Renewable Fuel And Gas Oil For Shipping

With both the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) and the EU looking to include shipping in the EU Emission Trading System in 2024 there is the genuine possibility of a carbon tax on shipping and boats that continue to use fossil fuels. This includes tugs, coastal vessels and larger workboats.

Low Carbon Fuel For Boats

There has never been a better time to utilise HVO diesel fuel for boats as this brilliant renewable diesel is miscible with standard ultra-low sulphur diesel or can be used neat for a huge reduction in carbon emissions.

The large diesel engine manufacturer MTU Friedrichshafen has performed numerous tests on their Series 4000 and 8000 power plants with HVO and claim that particulate matter is reduced by as much as 80% when running on HVO diesel.

See more on carbon pricing for maritime emissions in this E&Y Article:


Please be free to talk to us about your need for MGO or renewable marine diesel and HVO as these fuels are both low carbon and much superior for propulsion or heating functions in vessels.


We can supply HVO for narrow boats, yachts, and leisure craft or commercial ships, bulk carriers,
container ships, or tankers to almost any UK port by arrangement.

If you are wondering, how can I reduce the carbon tax on my vessel fleet or port cranes and box lifters then please do reach out on oil@lubiq.uk

Where Can I Buy Biodiesel UK

Getting Hold Of Bio Diesel In The UK

A second-generation biofuel like HVO diesel is an advanced synthetic alternative that has many fleet managers wondering where can I buy biodiesel in the UK for my vehicles?

While there is a steady expansion of outlets including more than a dozen truck stops that stock HVO at the pump, there are still less than 30 sites UK wide as at autumn 2023 that offer this product.

This is why we offer any quantity of HVO fuel from a 10 litre jerrycan to IBC’s and bulk deliveries from 500 to 38,000 litres as well as biodiesel tanks from 230 litres to 50,000 litres. We deliver all over the UK and thus offer a handy solution if you were wondering where can I buy biodiesel.


The HVO Difference

Hydrotreated vegetable oil is made from used cooking oils and residues are reacted at high pressure with hydrogen, FAME biodiesel is made from the same feedstocks but with an esterification process.

Where Can I Buy Biodiesel UK

The latter process is generally seen as producing a more problematic fuel which has difficulties in cold weather, tends to grow algae in tanks, and alters engine oil change schedules for the worse.

While HVO is not perfect – offering slightly worse MPG than fossil diesel – it has far better storage and combustion characteristics and is a better option with particulate matter reducing by 40 – 80%.

Is HVO Fossil Free?

Yes, because it is made from waste products, it is a fossil-free fuel and part of a family of paraffinic synthetic diesel fuels that meet the EN 15940 standard with XTL being the logo at pumps or vehicle fuel flaps.

How Much Carbon Do I Save Using HVO?

When burning 100% HVO you are saving approximately 2.2 kilograms of carbon green house gas emissions per litre of fuel you burn. This is because it has already done a carbon cycle and is being recycled.

Can You Mix HVO And Diesel?

Yes, you can, in any proportions. This makes it a practical way to start decarbonising running the same vehicles without any costly modifications or installing chargers.

Is HVO Useable In Any Diesel Engine?

Yes, it is. Boats, excavators, generators, pressure washers, vans, pumps and so on.

Order your biodiesel on this website today for quick delivery or send us an email at oil@lubiq.uk.

Where Can I Buy Bio Diesel UK

Synthetic Fuel Price

Synthetic Fuel Price

Need a synthetic fuel price due to interest in reducing air pollution with GTL or HVO diesel? This is between £1.75 and £3.80 per litre + VAT depending on your requirements and volumes.

Synthetic Fuel Price

With some shortcomings emerging with EV vehicles, it is unsurprising if more folks are looking for a synthetic fuel price for GTL or HVO renewable diesel. HVO is becoming the fuel of choice that is a straightforward replacement for fossil diesel deal for clean air zones.

Hydrotreated vegetable oil is the product of synthetic fuel production that can be evaluated under 3 key aspects:

1) Technical: Consistent super clean burn, excellent for engines, great for storage stability.
2) Air Pollution: Due to far cleaner combustion than fossil diesel, 80% cut in particulates.
3) Environmental: Made from 100% wastes and residues for 90% net carbon emissions cut.
4) Note: No modifications to vehicles needed and can mix with fossil diesel.

Practical difficulties have emerged for both B7 diesel and E10 petrol in the UK due to the FAME biodiesel in the first and bioethanol in the second, these are blocked fuel and particulate filters in the case of diesel – HVO synthetic fuel completely solves this!

Synthetic fuel price

Synthetic Fuel Price

LubiQ leads among synthetic fuel companies in the UK with a wide range of solutions from 10 litre jerrycans for resale in leisure or landscaping to bulk tanker deliveries or even straight into your vehicle or generator. 

In the image above you can see Total’s Le Mede biorefinery in the south of France, one of a growing number of sites that are manufacturing cutting edge fuels from wastes and residues.

If you want less engine problems, less air pollution, less green house gas emissions or less AdBlue costs then do please get in touch for a synthetic fuel price today on 01324 309100 or email: oil@lubiq.uk

Premium Diesel

Premium Diesel

Premium Diesel 

The best true premium diesel is HVO renewable diesel, or to give it its full name hydrotreated vegetable oil. It is often called green diesel and is an advanced second-generation synthetic fuel but, in a way, it is best to think of HVO as ‘racing diesel’.

Here we explore what there is to prove this claim in simple terms.

Diesel Fuel History 

Although the very first compression ignition engines used a plant related oil as fuel, the past century has seen nearly all diesel coming from the fractional distillation of crude petroleum.

Premium Diesel

This fossil diesel, produced in refineries, is only one of numerous ‘fractions’ that come from crude oil varying as widely as LPG gases down to HGO marine bunker fuel and tar-like bitumen/creosote.

This is undoubtedly an impressive use of fossil resources but comes with natural variabilities and shortcomings, it is harnessing a natural product, not designing a premium diesel from the ground up which is what scientists have done with HVO.

Mainstream diesel has variable molecule lengths, the characteristic sooty blue smoke and aroma from sulphur content, and sadly, in a well-meaning attempt to make it greener, it frequently contains up to 7.25% FAME (fatty acid methyl esters) biodiesel.

Premium diesel fuel

This combination of less-than-ideal base fuel plus a sub-prime biodiesel product is decreasing cold weather performance and leading to an alarming increase in choked fuel filters and blocked DPF particulate filters (especially for frequent short journeys like taxis).

You can mix HVO with normal diesel fuel making it a practical and quick way to decarbonise without EV’s.

HVO diesel production refinery

The HVO Difference

Firstly, HVO is a synthetic premium renewable diesel fuel, meaning simply that it is man made and the process is different to biodiesel, with superior results.

Using a process of reacting and cracking with hydrogen, this paraffinic fuel enjoys same length molecule chains, no oxygen in it to grow horrors like algae or diesel bug in tanks, and an incredibly clean burn with far less smoke, soot, and smell.

Premium Diesel

Having a high cetane number of 70 means an engine starts quickly as combustion is assisted and smoother running is noticeable quickly once you are using HVO. The great thing is that because it is miscible with white diesel and any vehicle can run off a combination of the two, it is just so easy to use!

Using HVO reduces nitrous oxides, AdBlue usage, and almost renders DPF filters unneeded but that is not quite the whole picture because another very interesting aspect is:

What HVO Is Made From

HVO is astonishingly green and eco-friendly. This is because it is produced entirely from waste and not just one of the fractions of crude oil or from virgin foodstuffs/seeds/palm oil.

HVO renewable diesel is made from used cooking oil, animal fats, and fish waste and thus is a fossil-free diesel that offers a net greenhouse gas emissions cut of as much as 90%!

When using HVO you are saving 2.2kg of net carbon emissions per litre burnt and being very kind to your engine, injectors, and fuel filters with longer term cost savings on cars, plant, generators, or trucks.

Any Downsides?

HVO fuel is more expensive than standard mineral  diesel, and very few petrol forecourts have renewable premium diesel available at the pump.

One solution is to use our HVO delivery service where we supply 10 or 20 litre jerrycans, diesel dispenser tanks, fuel pallets, or IBC tanks

Used heavily by truck fleets and local authorities, HVO users are drastically reducing emissions and enjoying the benefits that this diesel brings.

This does not come from a bit of extra detergent or expensive fuel treatment additives, but from an entirely new synthetic fuel, HVO, which wins as the best premium diesel on the market today

HVO Fuel For Plant Hire

We can offer delivery of HVO fuel for plant hire operations, cranes, excavators, chippers, forestry equipment, rental generators, and construction equipment.

HVO Fuel For Plant Hire

LubiQ is a super flexible family run business that can delivery in:

  • UN Approved Jerry Cans – 10 and 20 Litre
  • Fuel Pallets – 205 Litre/45 Gallons
  • Bulk Drops Of 500 Litres Or More
  • IBC Pallets (with deposit payment)

As more and more cities enact LEZ low emissions zones, building and civil engineering contractors are tending to use HVO diesel due to it offering 80% less particulate emissions and drastic cuts in green house gases. Using HVO in tippers, diggers, or pickups saves just over 2.2kg of carbon per litre burnt.

HVO diesel is also a high purity synthetic fuel that causes a lot less DPF and filter problems than standard B7 diesel with low odour and biodegradable in around 60 days.

Quick and easy to use and able to be mixed with standard diesel fuel, HVO fuel for plant hire companies is the practical way to decarbonise and offers rental firms an extra revenue stream as well. Give us a call on 01324 309100 or email: oil@lubiq.uk

You can also order online here 

Emissions And Pollution – What’s The Difference?

Emissions And Pollution – What’s The Difference?

When considering alternative diesel fuels, it is good to grasp in a simple way the difference between air pollution and carbon emissions from diesel fuel.

In most cases, the words are almost interchangeable but here we set this out in a simple way so that it can be understood better as it can be confusing.

Alternative Diesel Fuel

Emissions generally refers to the carbon used in the journey of the diesel fuel before it goes into your fuel tank to be used – is it a fossil or non-fossil fuel?

It can also mean emitted gases like nitrous oxides and PM.

With a GTL (gas-to-liquid) synthetic diesel fuel, the alternative diesel fuel has all the clean burn and high purity consistency that marks synthetic diesel like HVO but, as GTL is made from fossil gas, it is a fossil fuel.

GTL is gaining popularity because it has all the clean engine burn and low air pollution characteristics of HVO but can come in at a cheaper price.

HVO renewable diesel is made entirely from ISCC wastes and residues meaning that it is a fossil-free diesel fuel that cuts net carbon emissions by as much as 90% on the whole journey of the fuel (circular economy).

Alternative diesel fuel for lower emissions

Pollution refers more to the consequences of combustion in the engine and what comes out of the tailpipe into the atmosphere. The 2 main areas of concern here are:

Particulate Matter

As the term sounds this is particles in smoke and soot, with GTL or HVO fuel this pollution is reduced by 80% making both fantastic for use in city and built-up areas.

Nitrous Oxides

Because there is nitrogen in the atmosphere there will always be these to some extent (even with hydrogen fuelled engines). Using HVO has been proved to reduce NOx by around 25% or more.

Additionally in recent years EN590 mineral diesel must contain 7.25% FAME Biodiesel (hence B7) and this causes a lot of trouble with blocked diesel particulate filters. These very costly problems are avoided by using synthetic diesel due to its consistency and lack of oxygen that can attract water; you can store synthetic diesel for as long as 10 years.

Do synthetic diesels offer better fuel economy?

In our research they do for stop-start delivery around towns but not for long motorway journeys where fossil diesel seems to have the edge. This may be because it is denser; it is one of the odd things about HVO – that it is lighter than water.

If you would like to know more about how to reduce both carbon emissions and air pollution by simply changing your fuel why not get in touch? Send an email to: oil@lubiq.uk

HVO Heating Oil

HVO Heating Oil

Made from wastes and residues, HVO heating oil (hydrotreated vegetable oil) is a clean-burning fuel that cuts air pollution and varnish deposits on boiler burners.

Using HVO heating oil allows you to cut net carbon emissions by up to 90% and particulate matter by 80% with virtually no changes to tanks, pipes, or oil-fired boilers. It is generally thought that no more than £500 would cover alterations to existing boilers.

HVO Heating Oil

Cuts Air Pollution

The reduction in air pollution from using renewable heating oil containing almost no sulphur is because it is a synthetic fuel with high consistency that avoids many of the combustion shortcomings of fossil kerosene.

An exciting heating fuel product that is made in the UK, HVO is popular as a renewable diesel fuel in road vehicles and, along with our RenHeat fuel, holds great potential as a liquid heating fuel.

Easier To Access Than Ever

Made from waste oils, fish or wood wastes and tall pitch oils, HVO has the advantage of being available in a widespread way via local fuel oil companies or from ourselves. 

LubiQ supply HVO heating oil in small quantities as low as a 10-litre jerrycan as well as 20-litre, pallets, IBCs, and larger quantities of 500 to 38,000 litres. 

You can purchase HVO on this link. Or please call us to discuss on 01324 309100.

Renewable Fuel Options

Our RenHeat industrial furnace fuel is also a fully renewable product (made from wastes and residues) and an ultra-clean burning fuel that is lower in cost than HVO. This is a good choice for domestic heat or factory boilers.

We can only deliver RenHeat in quantities of 500 – 1000 litres or more. A guide price for RenHeat bio heating oil would be around £1.60 + VAT per litre. The calorific value of this renewable fuel is as follows:

Specific Energy (Calorific Value), MJ/L of this HHO and IHO fuel:

Get in touch at oil@lubiq.uk to discuss your needs further and we will be glad to assist.