Edinburgh Airport vehicles switch to renewable diesel


Vehicles operating at Edinburgh Airport in Scotland are now being powered by hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), also known as renewable diesel, as the airport continues to look at ways to reduce its emissions.

Thirty-four vehicles have made the change from diesel to HVO, which eliminates up to 90 percent of net carbon dioxide emissions while also offering significant savings on nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and carbon monoxide emissions.

There are plans for at least another 30 vehicles to make the switch to HVO in the next few weeks and months, and the airport has installed an HVO fuel pump on campus. The pump is being used by airport vehicles and those operated by third parties and contractors, supporting campus partners with their decarbonization programs.

“Zero carbon is just one of the pillars in our Greater Good sustainability strategy and we are constantly evaluating ways of decarbonizing our and our partners’ operations across the campus,” said Gordon Robertson, director of communications and sustainability at Edinburgh Airport. “Introducing the use of vegetable oil in our airside vehicles is part of our strategy to chip away at our emissions by replacing diesel with a renewable fuel source, driving down our environmental impact as we look to deliver a more sustainable future for the airport.”

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