February 15 2024  |  Spirits & Tobacco

Heinemann, Diageo and Fiege aim to reduce C02 emissions

By Hibah Noor

Sustainability focus: Gebr. Heinemann and Diageo Global Travel have partnered with Fiege HVO in a bid to reduce C02 emissions in duty free spirits logistics

Diageo Global Travel and Gebr. Heinemann have announced that transportation of Diageo spirits to Heinemann travel retail sites across Germany is currently by Fiege HVO transport as part of a trial running over several months.

Heavy goods vehicles (HGV) are powered by a biofuel other than diesel with markedly less environmental impact.

HVO stands for Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil which is an alternative fuel to diesel for the HGVs transporting Diageo’s goods. It is an intermediate solution for long haul HGV decarbonisation produced from waste organic feedstocks such as used cooking oil. The traditionally diesel powered HGVs do not need modification to run on HVO, this more environmentally friendly fuel. Trials have shown that using Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil instead of diesel reduces CO2e emissions by 88%.

In this instance the new HVO transport in Germany has the potential to save of 85T of CO2e annually by switching Heinemann Diageo deliveries to those carried out by Fiege’s HVO transport.

Heavy goods vehicles are powered by a biofuel other than diesel with markedly less environmental impact

Andrew Cowan, Managing Director of Diageo Global Travel, said, “There is no escaping the fact that Diageo products in the travel retail channel are moving around with a carbon cost. The more solutions we can find to reduce the carbon impact of the movement of our goods, and test and trial with our partners methods which significantly reduce the amount of CO2 produced the better.

“We are so pleased that Heinemann was so receptive to trialling this and I hope we can expand beyond this first trial as we seek to do more to bring our 2030, Spirit of Progress environmental ambition to life with more customers and partners like Fiege and Heinemann in more locations.”

Saskia Möller, Director Compliance & Corporate Responsibility at Gebr. Heinemann, added, “The project is driven by a common vision and aligned goals. We want to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in the supply chain, and we will do this by bringing together all supply chain stakeholders. The use of HVO as a truck fuel is an important step.”

Michael Meier, Director Planning & Order Management at Gebr. Heinemann, commented, “The efficient use of resources is fundamentally linked to our corporate goals. As the supply chain is responsible for a significant part of CO2 emissions, it is an important lever in achieving these goals. But it requires collaboration of equally ambitious parties, and we are happy that we are able to realize this project together with our partners.”

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