Jan de Wit Group achieves 90% CO2 reduction through new fuel
Since 1 January 2019 Jan de Wit Group is the first coach company in the Netherlands to operate in a climate-neutral way. The company’s fleet, consisting of circa 100 coaches, no longer runs on conventional diesel, but on the advanced fuel HVO 100 (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil). This fuel is produced from vegetable oils and/or fats which have been treated with hydrogen. Only agricultural and food industry waste are used in its production. HVO 100 does not cause deforestation or the use of food as a raw material. HVO 100 is ISCC-EU certified and meets the strict EU requirements for sustainable fuels. By switching to HVO 100, Jan de Wit Group has achieved a circa 90% CO2 reduction from ‘well to wheel’.
The extraction of the raw materials for HVO 100 and the actual production of this fuel causes no damage to the environment or ecosystems.
The switch to HVO 100 was motivated by the desire of Jan de Wit Group to offer its customers the most sustainable passenger transport solution possible.
Also, Jan de Wit Group considers the HVO 100 fuel currently the best interim solution in the transition towards the use of hydrogen. ‘We believe that hydrogen powered coaches and the necessary infrastructure could become reality in five to ten years’ time and feel this would be more viable than running electric powered coaches. The much too limited range alone makes the latter an unrealistic option for our sector. What’s more, operating electric-powered coaches still isn’t a clean option as far as coach transport is concerned. Because the production of electricity, batteries and the required magnets for coach engines is far from sustainable in most cases.’