Dublin Airport has announced that it has reduced its airside vehicle carbon emissions by 90% by replacing diesel with hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).
According to a statement published on DublinAirport.com, HVO is currently powering a total of 101 vehicles at the airport, which is 46% of the airport's airside fleet and will save 400 tonnes of carbon emissions yearly.
The airport hopes to have approximately two thirds of its vehicles, or approximately 150 vehicles, powered by HVO by the end of 2023.
Statement By DAA's Head Of Environment Sustainablity
The statement published on DublinAirport.com quoted Dublin Airport operator DAA's head of environment sustainability, Andrea Carroll, as saying, "Switching to HVO is another positive step on Dublin Airport's journey to becoming a net zero carbon business by 2050. HVO is a low carbon alternative to electrification, which is particularly helpful when it comes to larger vehicles that may not currently have an electric alternative, such as tractors. By changing diesel vehicles to HVO, Dublin Airport will save 400 tonnes of carbon emissions annually - the equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of 72 average Irish homes.
"In addition to carbon savings, the switch to HVO provides many other benefits, given it doesn't require any additional infrastructural investment as all existing diesel tanks and engines can be used. HVO is also proven to work better in colder temperatures (down to -30 degrees Celsius), making it more reliable in the winter months."
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