Decarbonising HGVs: A Logical and Cost-Effective Choice for Operators

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In recent years, discussions around sustainable transportation solutions have predominantly revolved around electrification and hydrogen technologies. However, a lot can be said about an existing, highly effective option—high-blend biodiesel. Particularly advantageous for the long-haul trucking and Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) sectors, high-blend biodiesel offers an immediate and cost-effective solution for organisations to reduce their carbon emissions.

One distinctive advantage of biodiesel is its compatibility with conventional diesel fuel. This means it can be easily blended with conventional diesel to form various fuel blends. In fact, current regulations mandate that all diesel available on the road in the UK includes up to 7% biodiesel (a B7 fuel). However, existing diesel vehicles in the transportation industry can seamlessly adopt higher blends, such as B20 (20% biodiesel, 80% fossil fuel), without the need for any modifications.

An increase in the blend rate means businesses can instantaneously reduce their CO2 emissions by around 27%, positioning high-blend biodiesel as an effective drop-in replacement with no need for alterations to existing infrastructure.

Going Greener: Biodiesel's Clean-Burning Revolution in Transportation:

Biodiesel, a renewable fuel created from sources such as used cooking oils and greases, offers a cleaner-burning alternative to traditional diesel. It results in substantially lower emissions of carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and other pollutants compared to traditional diesel. As biodiesel is produced from natural fatty acids, it possesses inherent detergent properties, reducing friction without the need for additional modifiers. The higher cetane rating of biodiesel also enhances ignition and combustion efficiency, contributing to cleaner engine performance.

The Cost-Effective Advantage of High-Blend Biodiesel for HGV Operations

Contrary to common misconceptions, incorporating High Blend Biodiesel into HGV operations can be extremely economically viable. With advancements in biodiesel production technology and increased demand, prices are becoming increasingly competitive. In fact, high blend biodiesel will likely be at a cost comparable to what companies pay now for their fuel. In a world where the sustainable fuel options often come at a price premium, High Blend Biodiesel stands out as a cost effective solution in the mix.

Bridging the Gap: High-Blend Biodiesel's Role in the Transition to Sustainable Transportation

While the electrification of vehicles gains momentum, high-blend biodiesel is a stepping stone solution for existing hard-to-decarbonise vehicles. Recognising that many diesel-powered vehicles will remain on the road for years to come, the immediate availability and efficacy of high-blend biodiesel make it a key component in the sustainable energy mix and transition towards net zero. Many HGV, bus, and coach fleets across the UK are already taking the initiative and running successfully on High Blend Biodiesel, ranging from B15 and B20 to B30.

Argent Fuels has been a supplier of carbon-saving fuel to the long-haul trucking industry since 2008, leveraging its expertise in blended fuel production. The company offers a versatile range of blends, ranging from B10 to B30, and up to B100, providing tailored solutions to meet diverse business requirements. Read more about High Blend Biodiesel on their website.