Edinburgh Airport Uses HVO Fuel to Power Airside Vehicles

Edinburgh Airport has started powering its airside vehicles with hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel to reduce harmful emissions.

34 airside vehicles at Edinburgh Airport have started using HVO fuel as a renewable diesel alternative, and a further 30 vehicles are set to switch from diesel to HVO in the coming weeks.

HVO can eliminate up to 90 percent of net carbon dioxide emissions, as well as significantly reduce nitrogen oxide, particulate matter and carbon monoxide emissions.

Edinburgh HVO Fuel
Dozens of Edinburgh Airport vehicles are now being powered by vegetable oil to reduce the airport’s emissions

To enable this change, an HVO fuel pump has been installed at Edinburgh Airport for use by airport vehicles and third parties and contractors to support campus partners with their decarbonisation targets.

Gordon Robertson, Director of Communications and Sustainability said:

“Zero Carbon is just one of the pillars in our Greater Good sustainability strategy and we are constantly evaluating ways of decarbonising our own and our partners’ operations across the campus. 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.”

Edinburgh HVO Fuel
The vegetable oil fuel replaces diesel and advances the airport’s Greater Good strategy

HVO is a drop-in fuel alternative for vehicles that have previously been powered with diesel. It is made by reacting vegetable oil with hydrogen at high temperature and pressure.

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