NEP to power entire broadcast fleet using sustainable GD+ HVO
NEP has switched its fleet of OB trucks to be powered by recycled biofuel supplied by Green Biofuels to further its commitment to combat global climate change. The introduction of GD+ HVO (hydrogenated vegetable oil) to the NEP UK fleet is a step forward in reducing CO2 emissions and achieving carbon net zero/carbon neutrality as part of the company’s commitment to sustainability.
Simon Moorhead, managing director, NEP UK Broadcast Services, said: “NEP UK is committed to sustainable productions and minimising our environmental impact as we move towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Switching our fleet to be powered by GD+ HVO is one of the key initiatives we have committed to in the UK to support NEP’s global ‘Project Earth’ environmental sustainability initiative. We have agreed to responsible business targets that place sustainability at the heart of our operations and business. We believe that doing business that is right for the earth is the right thing to do.”
GD+ HVO is an ultra-low emission sustainable alternative ‘drop in’ fuel that requires no vehicle modifications for diesel engines. It is a sustainable renewable replacement for fossil diesel and is made from 100% waste organic matter such as used cooking oils and fats and other agri waste. The move will reduce NEP UK’s greenhouse gases related to transport by 95% and improve local air quality by reducing tail pipe emissions by up to 85%.
Not only does this biofuel lower emissions compared to conventional fuels, but it is also an effective way to reduce CO2 emissions. While moving to biofuel does not completely reduce emissions to net zero, NEP UK will also offset any remaining emissions through a carbon offsetting programme.
Justin Readings, transport manager for NEP, said: “NEP has switched its fleet of Mercedes units, already equipped with the latest clean diesel Euro 6 engines, to run on GD+ HVO. This move is part of a wider sustainable Project Earth initiative. We have been working with our clients and partners to reduce the carbon footprint for all broadcast sports and through this joint effort with Green Biofuels we can bring about fundamental changes which reflect our commitment to climate change.”
Magnus Hammick, COO of Green Biofuels, added: “We are delighted to be supporting NEP’s journey to net zero, helping the planet one tank a time.”
All of NEP UK’s Mercedes Actros units are fitted with predictive powertrain control (PPC) which monitors the vehicle’s kinetic energy to save fuel consumption. NEP vehicles are also fitted with wind deflectors to improve fuel economy by as much as 8%. With the assistance of Mercedes-Benz driver training, this has created fuel-efficient driving patterns and sustainable, long-term savings.