Howard Tenens Logistics switches Andover fleet to HVO 19 January 2022

Howard Tenens Logistics’ key Andover depot in Hampshire has switched its fuel from diesel to the low carbon alternative, GD+ HVO hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). This change has been implemented across all HGV vehicles.

Having reviewed all available fuel and technology options, GD+ HVO was the clear choice due to its impressive carbon savings and the fact that it is a ‘drop in’ fuel, requiring no vehicle modifications.

One of Howard Tenens’ key customers involved, Mole Valley Farmers, is taking action across its business as it seeks to reduce its environmental impact and meet its aim to be carbon net zero by 2040. Andy Taplin, head of retail supply chain at Mole Valley Farmers, said: “Together, with our warehousing and distribution partner, Howard Tenens Logistics, we are committed to reducing carbon emissions associated with our transport and warehousing. It is really positive that the transport fleet distributing to our retail stores have migrated from diesel to HVO.”

Green Biofuels Ltd (GBF), is the supplier of GD+ HVO and will be delivering one million litres of 100% GD+ HVO + a year, sourced entirely from waste oils and fats. As GBF is certified by the ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) and is accredited under the Renewable Fuels Assurance Scheme, Howard Tenens Logistics are confident the fuel is sustainably sourced and that the supply chain is regularly audited. By switching to GD+ HVO the Andover HGVs will emit 92% less carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions than when running on retail diesel (calculated on a well to wheel basis), which equates to a saving of 2,873 tonnes of CO2e a year.

These emission savings will result in cutting the company’s scope 1 carbon footprint emissions by 17% and will be the single biggest carbon reduction initiative introduced to date. Howard Tenens Logistics are now planning to look at other depots where a similar partnership approach can be adopted to roll out HVO.

Jamie Hartles, chief executive officer of Howard Tenens Logistics said: “As carbon reduction is a priority for our customers as well as our ourselves, we took the initiative to act now in switching to a sustainable fuel which would create an immediate positive impact for both parties, rather than wait until electric and fuel cell vehicle technologies become available. The move to GD+ HVO as the sole fuel source in Andover could not have happened without the support of our key clients Abel & Cole, Mole Valley Farmers and Williams & Co. It is this collaborative approach that has allowed us to create a blueprint that we are optimistic can be rolled out across other depots in the very near future.”

Transport Engineer

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