UK LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) supplier Calor is to bring BioLPG to the UK’s transport and logistics market, with the first shipment having now arrived into the Port of Immingham.
BioLPG – produced from waste residues and vegetable oils – is Calor’s first renewable offering and is part of the company’s commitment to supplying lower carbon fuels, as well as offering a reduction in NOx and particulates.
LPG, typically used to fuel forklift truck (FLT) fleets and HGVs as part of dual fuel technology, offers a lower carbon alternative to other fossil fuels, Calor says.
However, BioLPG will reduce carbon emissions further, the company claims, as it can be blended, stored and used as a drop-in replacement for all existing applications with no modification.
Matthew Hickin, chief executive of Calor, said: “This exciting new development will enable our existing customers to dramatically improve their carbon footprint with no adjustment to their current LPG-fuelled fleets.
“This development is part of our ongoing commitment to reduce our carbon emissions while growing our business and, by 2040, our ambition is for 100% of our energy products to be from renewable sources.â€?
On the LPG element of dual fuel technology for HGVs using BioLPG can achieve CO2 savings of between 50-to-80% when compared with conventional LPG (based on a 100% BioLPG substitution), Calor claims.
For the FLT market, BioLPG offers minimum CO2 savings of 20% and up to 32%. This is based on a blend of 40% BioLPG and 60% conventional LPG, and the type of feedstocks used, the company claims.
Produced by NESTE, a specialist in advanced biofuels, at a custom-built refinery in Rotterdam, feedstocks used in the production of Calor BioLPG are verified with International Sustainability and Carbon Certification.
BioLPG is also being supplied to the home energy market, for rural homeowners based off the mains gas grid looking to improve their environmental impact.
By 2040, Calor’s ambition is that all of its energy products will be from renewable sources.