Farnborough Airport Switches To HVO for Diesel Vehicles

 - April 11, 2022, 8:49 AM
Following the addition of SAF last year for aircraft, Farnborough Airport now is fueling its diesel-powered cars with HVO. (Photo: Farnborough Airport)

Farnborough Airport is transitioning its diesel-powered cars on-site to the use of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). The WP Group is supplying the HVO, a paraffinic diesel that can directly replace standard diesel, airport officials said.

Noting HVO can cut net greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 percent, airport officials said HVO is produced from 100 percent sustainable renewable feedstock such as used cooking oil and plant, food, and animal waste. Accredited to the EN15940 European standard, HVO provides increased storage life, reduced NOx and tailpipe emissions, is not susceptible to “diesel bug” contamination, and has a low freezing point.

Farnborough officials note the switch to HVO is part of its larger sustainability efforts. In July, the airport introduced sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to its offering and in 2018 was the first business aviation facility to be recognized with carbon-neutral status by Airports Council International Europe. Over the past 10 years, the airport reduced its controllable emissions by more than 70 percent, it added.

“The Farnborough Airport team recognizes that climate change is a clear and pressing issue and is committed to minimizing its environmental impact and improving environmental performance throughout its operations,” said Farnborough Airport CEO Simon Geere. “The introduction of HVO is another milestone in our sustainability program and an integral part in delivering against the government’s targets for net-zero carbon emissions.”