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Chipping away at emissions: Edinburgh Airport now using vegetable oil to power airside vehicles

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Dozens of Edinburgh Airport vehicles are now being powered by vegetable oil as we look to chip away at our emissions.

A total of 34 airside vehicles have already made the change from diesel to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) - a renewable diesel alternative that eliminates up to 90% of net carbon dioxide emissions, while also leading to significant savings in nitrogen oxide, particulate matter and carbon monoxide emissions.

A further 30 vehicles are also set to make the switch to HVO in the coming weeks and months.

An HVO fuel pump has been installed on campus for use by airport vehicles and those operated by third parties and contractors, supporting campus partners with their decarbonisation programmes.

HVO is a 'drop-in' fuel replacement for vehicles that have previously been diesel powered.

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Gordon Robertson, Director of Communications and Sustainability said:

“Zero Carbon is just one of the pillars in our Greater Good sustainability strategy and we are constantly evaluating ways of decarbonising our own and our partners’ operations across the campus.

“Introducing the use of vegetable oil in our airside vehicles is part of our strategy to chip away at our emissions by replacing diesel with a renewable fuel source, driving down our environmental impact as we look to deliver a more sustainable future for the airport.”