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Peel Ports makes the switch to HVO

[ June 17, 2022   //   ]

Peel Ports has moved most of its straddle carriers and plant equipment from diesel to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), saying it is the first port operator to make the transition.

It is part of its target to become a net zero port operator by 2040.

The group hit the million litre HVO milestone in May, a third of its entire annual fuel consumption, working with local Merseyside supplier County Oil Group Ltd to support in the full transition to HVO biodiesel at the Port of Liverpool.

The fuel is supplied by County Oil Group, a family run business employing 20 people across its depots in North Cheshire and Liverpool.

Peel Ports group Head of Supply Chain, James Riddick, said: “Over the last 12 months, we have made significant strides to reduce carbon emissions in and around the Port of Liverpool. This has a positive impact for port users and the local community.

“County Oil Group is helping us transition to HVO, which reduces the amount of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere by up to 90% and, whilst these fuels are a transitional step in the journey to net zero, we are working with equipment manufacturers and suppliers to support our efforts in finding the most effective energy solutions for the long term.”