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Rushcliffe vegetable oil bin lorries successfully rolled out

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s new hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) bin lorries that reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 90 per cent have been rolled out across the Borough.

 

The introduction of the converted vehicles, that are powered solely by waste oil not used by supermarkets and other suppliers, comes as part of the authority’s Carbon Clever project and Environmental priority.

 

21 frontline vehicles are making the switch to HVO power with a further roll out to some of the smaller vehicles in the overall fleet of 60 across the Council’s waste and Streetwise functions also set to take place. 

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They contribute to over 80 per cent of the Council’s total fleet emissions and HVO will be used as an alternative and interim option to diesel whilst the Council consider further alternatives in the coming years as it aims to be carbon neutral by 2030.

HVO is a diesel-quality fuel, made by the hydro-processing of oils and fats and is an alternative to the existing standard biodiesel used by the vehicles.

It will mean reduced nitrous oxide emissions and its longer-term storage stability make it a complete replacement for the current fuel.

RBC’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety Cllr Rob Inglis said: “It has been great to see the successful initial introduction of the new HVO bin lorries as we continue to implement strategies to help reduce their impact on the environment. 

 

“This is an integral part of our journey to become net zero in our own operations by 2030, as HVO offers a good, reliable transitional arrangement that has not affected the day to day running of our vehicles.

 

“We are continuing to explore electric vehicles and other alternatives as the technology develops, but further work is needed on charging infrastructure and suitability of electric vehicles due to the cost, range and rural nature of parts of our Borough. 

 

“Our refuse teams are enjoying using the new vehicles and playing their part in creating a better environment across Rushcliffe.”

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