Biffa's Winchester waste fleet converts from diesel to HVO

10 Jul 2024
3 mins
The switch means Biffa continues to grow its net zero fleet as part of wider plans to decarbonise its operations
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Biffa's bin collections in Winchester are now greener after its fleet of trucks switched from diesel to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).

All 20 Biffa-operated waste and recycling vehicles, which collect from residents across the district, have made the switch.

It is estimated that switching to HVO will reduce carbon emissions by at least 80%, a saving of over 600 tonnes of carbon every year.

Care has been taken to ensure that the supply of HVO is fully validated with an auditable supply chain, manufactured only from primary waste sources and not causing deforestation and environmental damage.

Only suppliers who meet the requirements of the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) and the Zemo Partnership Renewable Fuels Assurance Scheme (RFAS) will be used.

This change for waste vehicles means the service joins Winchester City Council’s Park and Ride, operated by Stagecoach, as a service run on HVO fuel. This fuel choice makes the Park & Ride is a great option for travelling into the city, lowering carbon emissions, and helping to improve air quality.

The successful adoption of HVO at Winchester means we continue to grow our net zero fleet as part of wider plans to decarbonise our operations. By next year, our target is for 10% of our vehicles to be alternatively fuelled, and our ambition by 2030 is that we will stop buying fossil fuel vehicles altogether.”
Anthony Holley
Biffa’s Fleet & Facilities Director
“Reducing transport emissions is one of our priorities in helping us become a carbon neutral district. HVO reduces the city council’s carbon emissions significantly and allows us to be greener faster. It’s a big step towards carbon zero before improvements to the local electric infrastructure allow us to power a full electric fleet.”
Cllr Kelsie Learney
Cabinet Member for the Climate Emergency, Winchester Council