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100% sustainable HVO fuel to power UK rail freight

Freightliner and Ocean Network Express (ONE) UK have committed to using Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) Fuel for all cargo transportation via rail, after a successful six-month test.

Made from raw materials such as vegetable oils, waste-based fat and oil from the food industry, the HVO100 fuel is 100% renewable. The switch to this renewable energy source from conventional diesel could reduce CO2 emissions from rail freight by up to 90%.

An estimated 488 tonnes of CO2 emissions were saved by using the HVO fuel during the six-month trial period.

Clive Slayford, Commercial Director – Intermodal Logistics at Freightliner said: “We are thrilled that ONE has chosen to roll out HVO fuel to power their UK rail cargo journeys. At Freightliner, we are committed to proactively reducing our environmental impact and being a net zero business.

“We have demonstrated our commitment to offering customers a greener alternative using HVO fuel which drastically reduces carbon emissions compared to diesel and road alternatives.”

Freightliner and ONE recently announced a five-year contract with a commitment to sustainability and reducing environmental impact. The partnership will see the provision of seamless intermodal connections from London Gateway and the Port of Southampton to strategic locations across the UK, using the most environmentally friendly methods possible.

Image credit: Freightliner

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