Towards a fossil-free site
Since May 2019, all internal vehicles at the Sandvik industrial area in Sandviken have run on biofuel HVO100* instead of diesel. This change will lead to a net reduction of our carbon dioxide emissions from internal transport by as much as about 90% or 2,200 tons per year.
“We have actively been looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact. To contribute to Sandvik's new sustainability goal to halve emissions of CO2 by 2030, we need to find new solutions with a higher impact. Currently, we have 148 diesel-powered vehicles in our fleet that use 800,000 liters of fuel per year. By switching to biofuel HVO100, we contribute to major improvements for the environment, both in terms of emissions of carbon dioxide, particles and NOX gases. Actually, we improve the environment throughout the entire local area”, says Roland Andersson, Manager Internal Transportations Sandviken.
HVO100 is made of residual products, mainly from the food industry and restaurants. The number of manufacturers that produce HVO100 for the Swedish market is currently limited and the availability of raw material is a limiting factor.
“The supplier that Sandvik has signed guarantees delivery, but the availability of raw material can be a critical factor. However, there are several interesting initiatives utilizing residual products from the forest and pulp industry, which could increase the supply in the Nordic countries”, Roland Andersson explains.
“From a life cycle analysis perspective, HVO100 is currently the best option for us. The only thing that would be better is hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles, but then we would have to convert the vehicles. To change from diesel to HVO is easy and we have simply filled our tank here on the site with HVO instead of diesel”, says Jan-Olof Bergström, Manager Vehicle Maintenance.
- Internal Transportation in Sandviken gets a net reduction of the carbon footprint by 2,200 tons per year, corresponding to 1.5% of SMT's global carbon footprint.
(During 2016-2018 the SMT average was 142855 tons CO2).
- 1 ton of CO2 corresponds to 5000 km of driving or a one-way flight from Stockholm to Rome.
- 2,200 tons of CO2 corresponds to 11 million kilometers per year or 733 persons year-round car driving (normal car driving per year on average 1500 kilometers)
*HVO is an abbreviation of Hydrated Vegetable Oil. The name HVO100 means that the fuel consists of 100% HVO. HVO is 100% renewable diesel fuel and is produced by hydrogen treatment of plant and animal fats. HVO100 is approved by most engine manufacturers and works in all types of diesel engines. From a usage point of view, the fuel is identical to fossil diesel. Practical experience does not show any difference. HVO100 also has good cooling properties and can handle temperatures down to minus 32 degrees centigrade. No change work on vehicles is needed for switching from fossil diesel to HVO100.