Choosing the lowest carbon biofuels

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When we use the world's finite resources to produce biofuels, we try to do so in in a way that delivers the greatest carbon benefit for the planet.

We don't believe the greenhouse gas requirements set by the EU under the Renewable Energy Directive are stringent enough, and we try to go further. We have set ourselves a company target to achieve 70% carbon saving across all our biofuels – that's double the level required under the Directive.

Our 70% target is extremely ambitious, and most commonly available crop-based biofuels currently achieve lower levels of saving. 

 

Greenhouse gas savings from the biofuel in the petrol and diesel we have supplied:

We are working to come as close as possible to our target by:

  • Maximising recovery and processing of wastes, which give over 80% greenhouse gas savings by:
    • Manufacturing more waste-based biofuel. We have made significant changes to our biodiesel production plant in order to increase our processing of waste oils and fats;
    • Building a new pre-processing facility, giving us the ability to process a broader range of waste oils.
    • Developing new supply chains for waste oil and fats, working with used cooking oil collectors globally;
    • Implementing waste supply chain traceability & verification systems;
    • Developing technology to recover waste oils from solid food waste.
  • Carrying our carbon audits for crop-based biofuels.
    • We work with our suppliers to understand more about the energy used in the production of the crops and the biofuel manufacturing, so that ongoing improvements can be made. 
  • Sourcing from suppliers that are best in class; and
  • Identifying and avoiding any carbon loss from land use change from agriculture.
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