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Moving ahead with biofuel

All of Nynas bitumen product transport operations in Sweden using road tankers now run virtually exclusively on biofuel.

To reduce the transport sector’s climate impact, vehicles must become more energy-efficient, but it is also important to increase the proportion of vehicles that run on fuels produced from renewable feedstocks.

Since 2017, all road tankers that transport products from Nynas Bitumen's Swedish depots out to customers have been running on close to 100 % biofuel.

On the way to fossil-free transport operationsBiofuels is the term used to describe all fuels manufactured from organic material. The hauliers used by Nynas in Sweden use biodiesel of the types RME 100 (rapeseed methyl ester) and HVO 100 (hydrotreated vegetable oil).

“This represents around 10 000 transport operations a year, or a total distance of 2.5 million km, which corresponds to approximately 1 000 tonnes of fuel. By running on biofuel, we can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90 %,” says Shadi Tentak, Distribution Manager Sweden, Bitumen Nordic.

This is an important initiative from Nynas and a statement that the company supports the asphalt industry’s efforts to achieve CO2 neutrality by the year 2050. If this is to succeed, it will require significant efforts in the transport area in particular.

“Today all companies must be involved in contributing to a more sustainable world. For us at Nynas, it’s important to make sure that sustainable development is intrinsic to how we operate,” concludes Shadi Tentak.

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