Thermo King has announced that it is approving the use of hydro-treated vegetable oil-free (HVO *) diesel fuel as a more sustainable fuel alternative to power its truck and trailer refrigeration units.
Using biodegradable HVO instead of traditional diesel results in a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and engine particulate pollution, with unchanged performance.
“Thermo King offers the broadest portfolio of zero and low emission transportation temperature control solutions in the industry,” said Francesco Incalza, president of Thermo King in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“Our customers appreciate us for our commitment to advancing the technology and capabilities of refrigerated transport. We continue to innovate to reduce the environmental footprint of our products, and by testing and validating the use of HVO in our units, we give our customers another option to increase the sustainability of their operations.
Thermo King thoroughly tested HVO biodiesel in its trucks and trailers on the road and performed endurance testing in its laboratory at the manufacturing facility in Galway, Ireland.
The results showed that the performance of the units was not affected, even at cold and freezing ambient temperatures. HVO biodiesel can be used as an instant replacement or blended with regular diesel, without the need for unit engine modifications or more frequent maintenance intervals.
This milestone for Thermo King is part of the actions taken by Trane Technologies to progress on its sustainable development commitments by 2030, including its Gigaton challenge to reduce customer emissions by one billion euros. tons.
Trane Technologies plans to reduce the carbon emissions of its products by almost 50% by 2030 and that its ambitious emission reduction targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). It also supports the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, which will require net zero global carbon emissions by 2050.