ASCO ditches diesel for veggie oil

AJ Gonzalez | March 29, 2022

Deadline News, by Ryan Nixon, March 7, 2022

ASCO is switching its heavy goods vehicle (HGV) fleet from diesel fossil fuel to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) renewable diesel fuel from this month as part of a drive to decarbonise its operations and be net-zero by 2040.

  • Reduce direct carbon emissions by more than 3,040 tonnes, representing a 46% reduction in the UK and a 20% reduction across its global operations against its 2019 baseline.
  • Fleet of around 100 vehicles will be using a 100% biofuel that is produced from non-food crops, ensuring the biomass is not in direct competition with food growth.
  • ASCO has committed to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and is actively implementing changes to the business to reduce emissions across all three CO2 emission scopes.
  • ASCO upgraded the diesel fleet to Euro 6 emissions standard vehicles in 2019, ensuring they met the requirements for low-emission zones (LEZ) and NOx (nitrogen oxides) emission concentrations in exhaust gas.

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