WE DRIVE WITH HVO
our vehicle fleet is also becoming sustainable
It is very important to KUTTER to conserve energy and its resources. Since KUTTER is already quite well positioned in many areas, it was important for us to take a closer look at our largest source of energy, namely the KUTTER fleet and the mixing plants, and to look for a way to make them future-proof and energy-efficient. In order to act in a sustainable and resource-saving manner, we have to significantly reduce the amount of fossil fuels used.
We came across the topic of HVO and the Finnish company NESTE, which produces a sustainable fuel. This is mainly obtained from renewable raw materials, fatty acids, residual and waste materials as well as municipal waste - the whole thing is called HVO, which stands for Hydrotreated Vegetable Oils. What this is all about in detail is explained to us by Dr. Markus Mohrdieck, Head of Safety and Environment at the KUTTER Group, in this video.
However, anyone who now thinks of a type of biodiesel when it comes to HVO is wrong! Chemically, HVO is absolutely identical to fossil diesel, which is obtained from crude oil using refinery processes. HVO does not contain any aromatics, which contribute significantly to fines pollution. CO2 emissions with NESTE fuel are reduced by 90%. This is due to the use of regenerative raw materials. The emitted carbon circulates in NESTE HVO fuel. The new fuel is not yet approved in Germany, but it can be used in company-internal refueling under certain conditions. Currently, use is mainly limited to heavy commercial vehicles and public fleets. In the first step, KUTTER is planning the more climate-neutral HVO fuel for various vehicles of different sizes, so that KUTTER's CO2 footprint is significantly reduced.
The benefits are enormous
The HVO fuel even offers advantages over the commercially available – i.e. fossil – diesel. It is odourless, can be stored for a very long time and has a "better" water hazard class (WHG I) than conventional diesel. This means that significantly lower requirements have to be placed on storage. Thanks to its clean combustion, we hope to reduce the maintenance intervals for vehicle exhaust gas cleaning. Even cold winters, which are common in the Allgäu, our vehicles with HVO survive better, since conventional diesel often thickens in cold temperatures and thus clogs the filters. Another advantage is that the new fuel is compatible with fossil diesel, which means that the other fuel could also be refilled. For us, all of this outweighs the higher specific price, because KUTTER is making an important contribution to the future.
Why doesn't KUTTER rely entirely on electromobility?
When it comes to cars, KUTTER uses electromobility wherever possible. However, electromobility cannot (yet) be applied to heavy-duty or commercial vehicles. Furthermore, the charging infrastructures on construction sites are not yet available. As a company, we are simply convinced that the energy transition cannot be achieved simply by concentrating on e-mobility or even hydrogen.
Open to new
We are pleased that we have found partners in NESTE and the distributor EDI with whom we can operate our fleet in a future-proof and resource-saving manner and we continue to strive in all areas of the company to create sustainable solutions.