Viva Energy supports Cleanaway with Renewable Diesel supply

07 Feb 2024


Last week, Viva Energy launched 100 percent Renewable Diesel with Cleanaway, which is running a six-month demonstration of the cutting-edge technology that can play a role in reducing emissions in the Australian transport sector.

The demonstration will involve Cleanaway operating two waste collections trucks – one municipal side-lift service in the City of Casey and a front-lift organics collection service. The project creates an opportunity for councils and businesses to immediately reduce their Scope 3 emissions.

The Renewable Diesel Viva Energy supplied was Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, or HVO, an alternative to traditional fossil fuel-derived diesel. HVO can be made from waste feedstocks such as used cooking oil and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from vehicles by up to 90 percent.

Supply of Renewable Diesel supports Viva Energy’s commitment to help customers reduce their emissions, and offers a sustainable alternative to regular diesel. Viva Energy’s product quality experts are working with the Australian Government on the development of a national fuel standard for Renewable Diesel.

Drawing on Viva Energy’s product quality, supply and logistics expertise, the Viva Energy Carbon Solutions team deployed a bespoke supply chain for this demonstration using 100 percent Renewable Diesel, which was sourced from Neste’s Singapore operations.

Viva Energy’s Chief Business Development and Sustainability Officer Lachlan Pfeiffer, said: “We are delighted to partner with Cleanaway as our first customer to use Renewable Diesel. We see great opportunities for this product to help abate emissions in the Transport sector, and potentially a wide range of other diesel-using industries. Renewable Diesel is a ‘drop-in’ solution, so businesses do not need to make equipment or infrastructure investments nor changes to the operation of their truck fleet. It can also be blended with regular diesel at different ratios or supplied undiluted depending on what decarbonisation goals companies are trying to achieve. At scale, these emissions savings have the potential to make a tangible difference to emissions reduction from on-road transport in Australia.”

The Viva Energy Carbon Solutions team is dedicated to working closely with customers across a broad range of industries to deliver lower carbon emissions solutions. By understanding the customer’s requirements, emission-reduction objectives, and operational requirements, the Carbon Solutions team is able to work with the client to offer lower carbon products, opt-in carbon neutral products and other services that are fit-for-purpose.

Viva Energy’s emissions-reduction partnership with Cleanaway also extends to the New Energies Service Station in Geelong, a hydrogen refuelling facility due to be operational later in 2024. Cleanaway will operate two hydrogen-powered waste collection vehicles in the Greater Geelong region utilising Viva Energy’s hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

Speaking about the demonstration, Cleanaway Managing Director and CEO Mark Schubert said: “We’re pleased to be launching our HVO100 demonstration, with two vehicles powered by this 100 percent traceable and renewable fuel that will emit up to 90 percent less greenhouse gas than regular fossil diesel. The use of HVO100 in Cleanaway trucks is part of our Blueprint 2030 strategy to reduce the carbon impact of our operations and increase circularity from the material we collect.  

“We're committed to leading our industry with innovative and fit-for-purpose solutions that align with our customers’ goals while driving forward to support the achievement of federal emissions targets.”

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About Viva Energy

Viva Energy (ASX: VEA) is a leading convenience retailer, commercial services and energy infrastructure business, with a history spanning more than 120 years in Australia. The Group operates a convenience and fuel network of more than 700 stores across Australia, and exclusively supplies Shell fuels and lubricants to a total network of more than 1,300 service stations. 

Viva Energy owns and operates the strategically located Geelong Refinery in Victoria, and operates bulk fuels, aviation, bitumen, marine, chemicals, polymers and lubricants businesses supported by more than 20 terminals and 60 airports and airfields across the country.