Circle K Ireland’s delivery fleet to be fuelled by 100% HVO renewable diesel
Circle K, Ireland’s leading forecourt and convenience retailer, has today announced that its fleet of delivery vehicles will be fuelled exclusively by milesBIO HVO100 by early 2023. The company is the first fuel retailer in Ireland to use Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) renewable 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, to ensure Circle K’s full fleet of vehicles will be powered by milesBIO HVO100 by early next year.
milesBIO HVO100 is a completely fossil-free biofuel made from waste, by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption from the food industry and can be used to power diesel vehicles. HVO alternative diesel offers an up to 90% reduction in carbon emissions over regular diesel, which will help to greatly reduce the emissions from Circle K’s fleet of fuel delivery vehicles.
While milesBIO HVO100 is new to Circle K Ireland, this renewable diesel has been available across Scandinavia at Circle K locations in Norway, Sweden and Denmark in recent years, which is helping to guide the introduction of the renewable diesel here.
milesBIO HVO100 will also be available to commercial customers at Circle K’s service station in Dublin Port, with the product to be rolled out at Circle K’s locations in Cork and Galway in the coming months, to support commercial customers in decarbonising the journeys of their own respective fleets. Circle K anticipates that organisations operating large fleet transport vehicles in sectors such as refuse, retail, and logistics amongst others will benefit greatly from this new product.
Today’s 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.
Alongside the use of milesBIO HVO100 to power its fuel delivery fleet, Circle K supports the proposed move from E5 to E10 in petrol products in the Irish market, which would increase the level of ethanol in petrol from 5% to 10%, thus significantly reducing carbon emissions.
Circle K is already supporting the commercial freight and haulage sectors, being the only forecourt to offer 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 EVs, Circle K is adapting to keep pace with this change. Circle K is preparing for this future now and through its strategic partnerships with ESB, IONITY and Tesla, the business already has the most advanced EV charging network within the forecourt sector in Ireland, with EV charging facilities located at 37 service stations nationwide and continues to add to this network.
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 launch of milesBIO HVO100 across our fleet of delivery vehicles will have a significant impact in reducing emissions across our Irish operations and once fully rolled out early next year, will equate to the emissions of over 2,000 cars being removed from the road.
“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.”
“We are delighted to be introducing alternative fuels of this nature to Circle K Ireland and hope our lead will encourage others to do the same.”