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730 tonnes less CO2

Fossil-free diesel HVO100: Bridge technology for strongly CO2-reduced transports

In January 2022, BayWa subsidiary Cefetra B.V. and its logistics service provider Zijderlaan switched to the fossil-free fuel HVO100 for all journeys within the Netherlands. The result is impressive.

Brief Summary

  • HVO100 is a fossil-free diesel made from hydrogenated plant oil. It is considered a bridging technology to possible new forms of energy.
  • The fuel is similar to fossil diesel and is therefore suitable for all Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesel vehicles.
  • In January 2022, BayWa subsidiary Cefetra B.V. and its logistics service provider Zijderlaan switched to HVO100 for all journeys within the Netherlands. The result: 730 tonnes less carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
  • Cefetra B.V. also intends to carry out all transports on the basis of HVO100 in 2023.

A dozen times around the world with 230,000 litres of HVO100

The forwarding company Zijderlaan covers around 500,000 kilometres a year on behalf of BayWa subsidiary Cefetra B.V.. By way of comparison, this distance corresponds to 12.5 circumnavigations of the earth. In order to reduce the resulting CO2 emissions, Cefetra switched to HVO100 in January 2022. This means that only HVO100 was used on the average 500,000 kilometres. For Zijderlaan, Cefetra B.V. was the first customer to switch completely to the fossil-free fuel. The company needed about 230,000 litres to replace conventional diesel.

730 tonnes less carbon dioxide emission

The fuel comes 100 per cent from renewable raw materials. These can be, for example, plant and animal waste fats from food processors or vegetable oils that are not intended for food production. In its composition, it is similar to fossil diesel. Therefore, HVO is suitable for every Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesel engine without technical adaptations. With the help of HVO100, CO2 emissions can be reduced immediately by up to 90 percent. Cefetra even saved 730 tonnes of carbon dioxide in one year. 58,000 trees would be needed to bind the same amount of CO2.

"The fact that we set a good example is also appreciated by the market".

"Our joint initiative with Zijderlaan has further strengthened the awareness for, but also the necessity of, more sustainability in our industry. The fact that we are setting a good example in agricultural logistics is highly appreciated by the market. We have stood for this for 35 years and want to continue on this path towards more sustainability in the future - together with our customers, suppliers and employees," says Ruben Kraaijeveld, Operations Manager at Cefetra B.V.. 

Sandra Kraaij, Sustainability Manager at Cefetra B.V. adds: "Cefetra has always been a pioneer in sustainability. We think it is important as a company to think about what we can do to make transport and logistics even more sustainable - gladly together with other stakeholders. There are currently still some challenges on the road to electric or hydrogen-powered trucks for heavy transport. As long as this is the case, we will rely on HVO to be as climate-friendly as possible in our logistics."

"We see HVO as an important bridging technology to possible new energy sources".

According to Leo Lokker, Commercial & Operations Director at Zijderlaan, the fuel is a bridging technology. The goal is to drive a quarter of all transports with HVO by 2025. Lokker continues: "However, we need the support and commitment of our customers to achieve this. Together with Cefetra B.V., we hope to motivate other companies as sustainability ambassadors to adapt processes within their organisation and thus reduce their carbon footprint."

Award for sustainability commitment

For its commitment to sustainability, Zijderlaan was recently awarded the second Lean & Green Star Award. "Investing in a sustainable future is part of our culture as a family business," says Managing Director Sabine Zijderlaan. "We are active on many fronts and pay attention to this company-wide - starting with the driving behaviour of our drivers and ending with the purchase of new vehicles with fuel-efficient engines." The company's long-term goal is to offer its transport and logistics services emission-free in the future.