Veolia has announced the launch of a brand new fleet of waste and recycling collection vehicles solely powered by renewable Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).

Following Veolia signing a contract with Broadland District Council starting on 1 April, the fleet will collect waste and recycling for residents across the Broadland district. Veolia says the new contract includes a “commitment to reduce operational emissions and develop low carbon solutions”.

Pascal Hauret, Managing Director Municipal, Veolia UK, said: “We’re delighted to launch our first fully HVO powered fleet in Broadland. HVO significantly reduces CO2 emissions so this is a hugely positive step in our shared commitment to net zero. Importantly, whilst the availability of HVO is still limited in the UK, Veolia has secured a guaranteed supply for the entire contract term.

“As part of our ambitious and achievable carbon reduction plan, this new fleet will help drive us towards our 2050 Net Zero ambitions.”

HVO is made from renewable raw materials and Veolia says it’s a “low carbon, low emission, fossil-free and sustainable alternative to conventional fossil diesel which eliminates up to 90% of net CO2 and reduces nitrogen oxide (NOX), particulate matter (PM) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions”. It also says that HVO is completely interchangeable with conventional diesel and can be used pure or blended with fossil diesel.

Councillor Judy Leggett, a portfolio holder for Environmental Excellence, said: “The contract brings together an excellent service for residents with innovative new approaches which will help to make our waste and recycling services more effective and even more environmentally friendly.”

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