HVO Fuel UK: Advantages, Availability, Environmental Impact
In recent years, the demand for sustainable and eco-friendly fuel options has been on the rise. One such alternative gaining traction in the UK is HVO fuel, or Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil which is now manufactured in this country as well as being imported from Holland, France, the USA, and Italy.
In this guide, we cover some of the advantages, availability, and environmental impacts of HVO fuel in the UK.
1. What is HVO Fuel?
Also known as renewable diesel, HVO is a biofuel made from renewable sources such as vegetable oils, animal fats, and waste cooking oils. The process of hydrotreating converts these feedstocks into a high-quality, low-emission fuel that can be used in diesel engines without any modifications. HVO should not be confused with FAME Biodiesel to which it is notably superior.
2. Advantages of HVO Fuel:
Reduced Emissions: HVO fuel offers up to 90% reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter compared to traditional diesel fuels, contributing to cleaner air, and reducing blocked DPF filters.
Drop-in Compatibility: HVO can be used as a direct replacement for conventional diesel fuel or mixed in any proportion, making it a hassle-free option for existing diesel engines.
Improved Engine Performance: With its high cetane number, HVO fuel can enhance engine efficiency, leading to smoother running and potentially extending engine life.
Reduced Carbon Footprint: Considered a “second-generation” biofuel, as it doesn’t compete with food production and utilises waste materials, reducing its carbon footprint.
Immediate Cut Of Air Pollution: With up to 80% cut in particulate matter, it is no exaggeration to say that SCR catalysts, exhaust treatment fluids, and diesel particulate filters are not needed when a car runs 100% on HVO.
3. Availability in the UK
HVO fuel is gaining momentum in the UK, with several suppliers offering it to commercial fleets, businesses, and even individual consumers. Major fuel stations are gradually introducing HVO pumps, making them increasingly accessible across the country. If you need smaller quantities, we supply jerrycans all over the country.
4. Environmental Impacts:
The adoption of HVO fuel in the UK aligns with the government’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions. By choosing HVO fuel, individuals and businesses contribute to the country’s efforts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
5. How to Transition to HVO Fuel:
Research Suppliers: Identify local suppliers that offer HVO fuel and check for their certifications and quality standards to BS EN 15940.
Check Compatibility: Most diesel engines are compatible with HVO fuel, but it’s advisable to consult the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations; if you see XTL on the fuel flap you are good to go.
Monitor Performance: Keep track of engine performance and fuel efficiency after switching to HVO fuel and enjoy smoother power!
HVO fuel presents a promising solution to the environmental challenges posed by traditional diesel fuels in the UK. The reduced air pollution and availability via LubiQ Fuels, Phillips 66, and Eni, make this option ideal for those looking to make a positive impact on both their vehicles and the planet.
As the UK continues its transition to cleaner energy sources, HVO fuel is playing a significant role in shaping a more sustainable future; aviation is on a similar journey with use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) which is a synthetic kerosene.
By providing a comprehensive guide on HVO fuel we hope you will soon be filling up your family car, van, or pickup with this excellent alternative diesel fuel. EV’s are not the only way to do your bit for climate change!
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