Cory has announced that its fleet of tugs will run on biofuel.
The move follows successful trials that have resulted in a reduction of net carbon dioxide emissions by 90% – a major step in decarbonising the company’s river operations and transport on the Thames as the UK targets net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The biofuel, hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) will bring additional air quality benefits – reducing nitrous oxide (NOx) and particulate matter emissions by 19% and 21% respectively. HVO is produced from waste materials such as used cooking oil and waste fats, which do not release any new carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Cory has been operating on the River Thames since the company’s incorporation 125 years ago in 1896.
The current fleet of tugs are responsible for transporting more than 1 million tonnes of recyclable and non-recyclable waste per year. Dougie Sutherland, CEO of Cory said: “The switch to using HVO to fuel our tugs is another important moment in our 125-year history. As a business, we are proud of our stewardship of the Thames and the river’s role in reducing the environmental impact of our operations.
“For people who live and work in London, our fleet of tugs and barges are a familiar sight and have gained something of an iconic status as a result.
“As well as being recognisable, we want them to also be contributing to reducing emissions on the Thames. While we know this is a great step forward, we also recognise that using HVO is a temporary measure on the road to net zero, and that is why we are also exploring opportunities for zero carbon marine vessels."
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