Climate-friendly diesel fuel HVO100 comes to petrol stations

Status: 29.05.2024 06:25 a.m.

From tomorrow, the new diesel fuel HVO100 will be permitted at petrol stations. Although the carbon footprint is significantly better than conventional diesel, the new fuel also costs more.

As of today, the synthetic diesel fuel HVO100 can be sold freely. The fuel, which is suitable for many diesel vehicles, is marketed at petrol stations with the addition of XTL. The ADAC expects that the new fuel will be gradually introduced at petrol stations.

HVO diesel can be made from vegetable oils, vegetable and animal fats or waste materials made from these. This means that emissions of fine dust, particles and nitrogen oxide are significantly lower. HVO stands for Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil. XTL stands for the conversion of biomass, gas and other energy sources (“X”) “to liquid”, i.e. to liquid fuel.

Almost climate neutral, but more expensive

The climate balance of the new fuel is significantly better than that of conventional diesel, but it also costs more. During combustion, a similar amount of CO2 is released as with conventional diesel. However, since this CO2 comes from renewable raw materials, the balance is almost climate-neutral – only the emissions that arise during the production of the fuel come into play.

The bottom line is that CO2 emissions are expected to be reduced by up to 90 percent. According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority, there are currently around 14 million cars, trucks and other vehicles with diesel engines on the road in Germany.

Because of its better climate impact, no CO2 tax is due on HVO diesel. Nevertheless, the eco-alternative will remain more expensive for the foreseeable future because it costs more to produce than conventional diesel. So far, the price difference at the pump is 15 to 20 cents.

Sticker on the tank cap provides information

Customers can fill up with the new fuel “if the vehicle has been approved for it by the manufacturer,” explained the Fuels and Energy Association (en2x). “They can tell this from a sticker in the tank cap or from the information in the vehicle’s manual.” ADAC Technical President Karsten Schulze said: “Manufacturers are now required to design new vehicles for the use of HVO100 and to test and approve older models for use.”

“We are convinced that many drivers in Germany will fill up with this environmentally friendly diesel fuel,” explained the president of the Mobil automobile club in Germany, Michael Haberland. The Federal Association of Independent Petrol Stations and Independent German Mineral Oil Traders (BFT) also welcomed the market launch, but criticized it for taking too long. “Our petrol station companies finally have legal certainty and consumers have the opportunity to fill up with climate-friendly diesel,” explained BFT Managing Director Daniel Kaddik.

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