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Introducing HVO: Transforming industries to support net zero targets

The energy landscape is changing fast, with a clear focus on cleaner solutions to accelerate the journey to net zero emissions.

Cut emissions, not performance with HVO - a renewable fuel, made from 100% sustainable waste plant matter.

HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil)  is gaining popularity in the power generation industry thanks to its many advantages. Produced from vegetable oil treated with hydrogen to create a hydrocarbon fuel that is very similar to fossil diesel, HVO emits significantly fewer greenhouse gases than diesel, has a high energy density, and can be used as a drop-in fuel for existing diesel engines with no equipment modifications.  

It offers a number of environmental and economic benefits.

So, whether you’re looking to take the first step towards net zero, working in a low emission zone or maximising your corporate social responsibility credentials, if you're looking to improve your sustainability credentials, then you should be considering the switch to HVO as part of your strategy.

Transitioning from diesel to HVO for emergency generators is a positive step towards reducing carbon emissions, and has huge environmental benefits:

  • 90% less greenhouse gasses / CO2
  • 33% less particulate matter
  • 24% less carbon monoxide
  • 9% less nitrous oxide

By replacing 1,000 litres of red diesel with HVO, you can contribute to a carbon saving of approximately 240kg.

Operational benefits

In addition to the numerous environmental advantages, HVO comes with many more operational benefits.

Long shelf-life: with a shelf life of up to ten years, this reduces the need for frequent fuel replacements for emergency generators that may sit idle for long periods of time.

Odourless: HVO is odourless, making it a more attractive option for enclosed or indoor spaces by eliminating the unpleasant smell of diesel.

Cold temperature tolerance: HVO can start quickly even in extremely cold weather conditions, ensuring reliable power in emergency situations.

Improved combustion properties: it has faster start times and better performance, reducing downtime and improving generator reliability.

Increased light load performance: HVO reduces carbon build-up and improves fuel economy, resulting in reduced long-term maintenance costs.

No oxidation: it’s free from microbial risk and fuel polishing requirements, ensuring clean and reliable fuel for the generator.

100% biodegradable: naturally decomposing over time, thus avoiding pollution, HVO reduces environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Interchangeable with bio-diesel: HVO can be used without modifications to existing power generation equipment and infrastructure, making it an easy and cost-effective fuel option for emergency generators.

HVO is a low-emission, fossil-free fuel that provides superior performance compared to first-generation biodiesel and fossil diesel, with a 90% net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and fewer toxic pollutants.

When HVO is burned, the carbon originally pulled from the atmosphere during plant growth is released again, so there is no net change to carbon levels in the atmosphere.

If you’re responsible for managing a standby or emergency power generator, HVO can offer an environmentally friendly alternative to red diesel. We’re already supporting many customers to decarbonise on their journey to net zero by making the switch to HVO for generator assets.

If you’d like to find out more and discuss your fuel management requirements, please contact

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