Viva Energy has launched 100 per cent Renewable Diesel with Cleanaway.
The waste management company is running a six-month demonstration of the technology with a view to reducing emissions.
Cleanaway, as part of the demonstration, will operate two waste collections trucks — one municipal side-lift service in the City of Casey and a front-lift organics collection service.
The project creates an opportunity for councils and businesses to immediately reduce their Scope 3 emissions.
The Renewable Diesel Viva Energy supplied was Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, or HVO, an alternative to traditional fossil fuel-derived diesel.
HVO can be made from waste feedstocks such as used cooking oil and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from vehicles by up to 90 per cent.
Supply of Renewable Diesel supports Viva Energy’s commitment to help customers reduce their emissions, and offers a sustainable alternative to regular diesel.
Viva Energy’s product quality experts are working with the Australian Government on the development of a national fuel standard for Renewable Diesel.
Drawing on Viva Energy’s product quality, supply and logistics expertise, the Viva Energy Carbon Solutions team deployed a bespoke supply chain for this demonstration using 100 per cent Renewable Diesel, which was sourced from Neste’s Singapore operations.
“We are delighted to partner with Cleanaway as our first customer to use Renewable Diesel. We see great opportunities for this product to help abate emissions in the Transport sector, and potentially a wide range of other diesel-using industries,” said Viva Energy Chief Business Development and Sustainability Officer Lachlan Pfeiffer.
“Renewable Diesel is a ‘drop-in’ solution, so businesses do not need to make equipment or infrastructure investments nor changes to the operation of their truck fleet.
“It can also be blended with regular diesel at different ratios or supplied undiluted depending on what decarbonisation goals companies are trying to achieve. At scale, these emissions savings have the potential to make a tangible difference to emissions reduction from on-road transport in Australia.”
The Viva Energy Carbon Solutions team is dedicated to working closely with customers across a broad range of industries to deliver lower carbon emissions solutions.
Viva Energy said its Carbon Solutions team is able to work with clients to offer lower carbon products, opt-in carbon neutral products and other services that are fit-for-purpose.
Viva Energy’s emissions-reduction partnership with Cleanaway also extends to the New Energies Service Station in Geelong, a hydrogen refuelling facility due to be operational later in 2024.
Cleanaway will operate two hydrogen-powered waste collection vehicles in the Greater Geelong region utilising Viva Energy’s hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.
“We’re pleased to be launching our HVO100 demonstration, with two vehicles powered by this 100 per cent traceable and renewable fuel that will emit up to 90 per cent less greenhouse gas than regular fossil diesel,” said Cleanaway Managing Director and CEO Mark Schubert.
“The use of HVO100 in Cleanaway trucks is part of our Blueprint 2030 strategy to reduce the carbon impact of our operations and increase circularity from the material we collect.
“We’re committed to leading our industry with innovative and fit-for-purpose solutions that align with our customers’ goals while driving forward to support the achievement of federal emissions targets.”