Circle K has announced that its fleet of delivery vehicles will be fuelled exclusively by Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) renewable diesel by early next year.
The company outlined that it is the first fuel retailer in Ireland to use HVO diesel in its fleet of delivery vehicles, which is the equivalent of over 2,000 cars removed from the road once the rollout is complete.
Circle K’s fuel station located at Dublin Port will be the first to fuel the fleet with HVO renewable diesel, with work underway at two further locations in Galway and Cork.
Jonathan Diver, fuels director with Circle K Ireland, commented, “Circle K is committed to implementing environmentally sustainable practices across our product range and operations as well as supporting our customers to reduce their level of carbon emissions."
The fuel is a completely fossil-free biofuel made from waste, by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption from the food industry and which can be used to power diesel vehicles.
The forecourt and convenience retailer said that HVO alternative diesel offers an up to 90% reduction in carbon emissions over regular diesel, which will help to greatly reduce the emissions from its fleet of fuel delivery vehicles.
“milesBIO HVO100 is a renewable diesel product that combines both excellent technical and environmental properties, that significantly reduces the net carbon emission when compared to regular diesel fuel, while at the same time offering the same performance as conventional diesel,” Diver explained.
While the fuel is new to Circle K Ireland, this renewable diesel has been available across Scandinavia at Circle K locations in Norway, Sweden and Denmark for the last few years.
It highlighted that the recent announcement is just one of the ways Circle K is leading innovation within the fuel retail sector and supporting the Irish Government in its ambition to reduce transport carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.
Circle K is already supporting the commercial freight and haulage sectors, and is currently offering Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuelling stations at Dublin Port, Cashel, Clonshaugh and Ballysimon in Limerick, with City North to follow.
With more Irish motorists opting for Electric Vehicles (EVs), Circle K noted that it is adapting to keep pace with this change.
The company said that it is preparing for this future now through its strategic partnerships with ESB, IONITY and Tesla.
In order to facilitate this, Circle K currently has installed EV chargers at 37 service stations nationwide.