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NWF Fuels launches go green initiative for environmentally friendly fuels

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO)

Since the industrial revolution, fuel has been key to driving change and innovation globally. Today that innovation is driving the development of sustainable and environmentally friendly fuels. At NWF Fuels we are supporting innovation and working closely with fuel producers to develop the next generation of fuels.


What are the main benefits of HVO?

– Reduced CO2 emissions
– Fully renewable
– Cleaner burn, reducing carbon build-up in boilers
– Minor modifications to your existing boiler


Will I need to change my boiler to use HVO?

Despite HVO being a replacement for Diesel, not Kerosene, your current boiler can be modified to burn HVO by installing different nozzles (regularly changed during services) and adjusting the burner. Some new boilers have the capability to burn HVO with no modifications. This makes HVO the ideal eco-friendly replacement for your heating.


HVO Fuel – What is it?

Often known as Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA) or simply put, renewable diesel, HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oils) are a synthetic diesel establishing itself in the market. This is because of the multitude of benefits that are associated with the emerging product. As a realistic option to produce diesel from biomass via esterification, hydroprocessing oils and fats is vastly better for the environment and engines than mineral diesel. This is an extremely attractive option for industrial experts and large organisations that have eco-targets to hit and are looking to make their companies as ‘green’ as possible.


What Does It Contain?

Both HEFA and HVO contain high cetane numbers and can be described as chain paraffinic hydrocarbons. These components are sulfur, aromatics and oxygen free and have some significant advantages over Fatty Acid Methyl Esters (FAME) which enable them to be used in aviation since the approval of bio jet but also in all diesel engines. Some of these benefits include improved cold flow properties, better storage durability and decreased NOx emission.


How Is It Produced?

Biofuel types such as HVO are versatile enough to be produced in different ways. Firstly they can be produced in straight forward, stand alone facilities. Alternatively production can occur by enabling pure HVO technology premises or co-production facilities by converting existing establishments such oil refineries. Today, the fossil fuel source hydrogen is the key additional feedstock for HVO as the other feedstock necessities to produce hydrocarbon drop-in products are mostly residue and waste materials of low quality despite their broad range.


How is HVO Commonly Used?

HVO fuel is ideally suited to a vast range of industries as a viable alternative to diesel. These include construction, rail, events and public transport. It’s used commonly in generators that are portable and used for festivals such as Glastonbury, boilers in a commercial setting, tractors and machinery in an agricultural setting and for construction equipment and machinery also. Boats and vessels that are used in waterways located in land have introduced HVO use as have many industrial trucks and tankers in recent times.


Can My Vehicle Run On HVO Fuel?

Significant numbers of high-standing OEMs have approved HVO fuel since its compliance with EN15940 for paraffinic fuels was widely recognised. It was a clear declaration of authenticity and meant that as they could now be used in diesel engines, to use HVO manufacturers wouldn’t need to make specification alterations or void any warranties.

Heavy-duty road vehicles using HVO include; DAF, Scania, Volvo, MAN, Renault, Mercedes-Benz and Iveco. Some of the top branded passenger cars have also followed suit and the list of names reads; Peugeot, Citroen, Mercedes-Benz, DS Automobiles, Renault and Volvo. In addition to these, non-road vehicle providers like John Deere, Caterpillar, Scania, Agco and Steyr are also widely using HVO across their reputable motors.



HVO Frequently Asked Questions


What is FAME?

FAME diesel is a first-generation biofuel. It produces harmful emissions and significant amounts of NOx which are not good for either public health or the environment. This particular type of diesel is prone to cold weather issues and can develop water and biological attacks such as cold filter plugging much faster than other diesels.


What is paraffinic diesel?

A paraffinic diesel has zero sulphur content and low levels of naphthenic and aromatic hydrocarbons. These extremely pure fuels are high quality liquid fuels that are synthesised and clean. HVO is a recognised paraffinic diesel fuel.


Are paraffinic diesel fuels such as HVO fuel better than traditional fuels?

HVO fuel is significantly better for the environment compared to mineral diesel and is therefore key in helping the UK achieve its net-zero carbon target. Companies across all industries and sectors are now under huge pressure to meet the criteria for climate change and both the private and public sectors have identified fuel as a key area. The focus on renewal energy, green initiatives and sustainable operations with eco-friendly suppliers and products is going to continually grow and using HVO fuels will no doubt be a major factor in environmental impact for years to come.


Can HVO be used in boats?

HVO has a regulated manufacturing process with intensely controlled production processes which has seen the approval for boat use commissioned by marine experts such as VolvoPenta. HVO doesn’t have the traditional problems that sailors encounter with red and white diesel commonly used in boats and it will not lead to engine problems and contamination like fossil Diesel can. In wet environments, the presence of FAME can advance the corrosion of tanks, block filters, wear injectors down and even trigger engine failure. So HVO not bringing these flaws into operation is a huge advantage for sailors and marine manufacturers.


Can I mix HVO fuel and diesel?

You can mix HVO fuel and diesel but proceed with caution. You will receive more efficient performance and gain full benefits of HVO if you use it exclusively and this is usually the recommended method. Although mixing the two substances by adding HVO to your current diesel stocks will still see the engine run smoothly, due to the FAME content in the existing diesel, it could limit it’s extended shelf life.


What length of time can HVO fuel be stored for?

The fact that HVO can be stored for up to a decade in comparison to diesel having to have increased testing and only being able to be stored for a single year can be directly linked to the shift many organisations are making from traditional diesel to HVO. It is an attractive prospect because of the lack of impurities in HVO fuel which creates the longer shelf life of the product. The lack of FAME or sulphur in HVO significantly enhances its longevity.


Does HVO reduce emissions?

HVO is proven to lower three key components of emission pollution when used in vehicles. These are PM emissions (-84%), CO2 emissions (-90%) and NOx emissions (-27%) so HVO makes your equipment and engines much more efficient and eco-friendly. The extremely pure fuel is a result of a high-quality hydrotreatment process which sees HVO manufactured from vegetable oils amongst other renewable materials.


If you have any questions, please give us a call on 01829 260900 or email us.

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Cold Weather Priority Scheme

Over 75 age group can receive their orders as a priority and in particular, during the winter months

For those over the age of 75, the cold weather can pose problems, especially for those who might be living in rural areas. During the winter months, temperatures can drop extremely low and that can increase the potential of illness or pose a risk to life.

However, to ensure that the elderly receive the fuel that they need in order to remain warm, healthy and safe, the Cold Weather Priority (CWP) scheme has been put in place.


Why is this required?

Historically there has been an increase in the number of winter deaths that have occurred as a result of cold weather. A large number of those deaths have been completely avoidable. In fact, it has been found that around 80% of those were avoidable but only if they had access to the fuel and the heating that they desperately need.

This is a growing problem and as we have changing weather patterns there is the potential for winters to become harsher, it’s important to take action now. What this initiative offers is the chance for those who are 75 and over and at risk to be identified, so they don’t get left behind. This means that NWF, and all of our brands, will ensure that the over 75 age group receive their supplies as a priority and in particular, during the winter months.


How Does it Work?

Essentially, it is a fairly simple and direct initiative as it means that those who are over the age of 75 can apply to join the scheme, with the aim of looking after them when it comes to heating oil. Any existing customers will receive a notification from us about their eligibility to join the scheme.

People over 75 years age need further support when it comes to obtaining the fuel they need and to ensure they receive it, this initiative aims to achieve that.

This is not just an initiative for those who live alone and are aged over 75 as it is also open to those who are living with someone who is aged 75 and over.


The Importance of the Initiative

The initiative ensures that the responsibility for ensuring those over the age of 75 receive the fuel they need is taken care of. While many elderly residents might not consider themselves a risk, there is the potential for the cold weather to force them to fall ill or even pass away, something that can be completely avoided.

It is a proactive approach to a known problem and prioritising these individuals will ensure that a solution is found. The aim to ensure fuel is easily accessible and that everyone can receive the fuel they not only require but also desperately need and that’s where this initiative aims to make a difference.

If you have any questions about the Cold Weather Priority scheme, please contact us.


Priority Club

We also offer a scheme called the Priority Club, that enables us to remotely monitor your fuel tank contents and usage via our smart telemetry device, and guarantees you’ll never run out of fuel.

Priority Club members will benefit from a FREE upgrade to our premium Kerosene, our higher specification heating oil and easy monthly direct debit payments.

You can also monitor your own usage from our smartphone app, or we can monitor it for you, giving you complete visibility.

You can get all of these benefits, plus a free smart monitor with professional installation, for just £6 per month.


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NWF Fuels And Brexit

Following recent events, we have had enquiries from our customers regarding Brexit. Here at NWF Fuels we are glad to inform our customers about the predicted challenges and how we as a company are safeguarding you, our customer, from the effects of Brexit.


NWF Fuels And Brexit: What Do We Know?

  • NWF Fuels has extensive and robust supply agreements in place with Total, Texaco, Essar, Esso and P66, which have provided continuity of supply for a number of years. All these agreements source crude oil and finished product globally, therefore they are not reliant on Europe so will continue to provide continuity of supply throughout Brexit.
  • We have increased our stock levels of additives, chemicals and catalysts used in production, in case of delays when sourcing these specialist products.
  • We have asked for, and been given, reassurance from all our suppliers that they have taken all possible steps to provide our fuel demand regardless of the outcome of Brexit.
  • Due to our extensive buying power, long standing relationships with all the major fuel suppliers in the UK, and comprehensive supply contracts, we will maintain fuel supplies to our customers throughout Brexit.
  • We have storage of just under 6 million litres across England and Wales.

NWF Fuels And Brexit: What Might We Expect?

  • Tariffs – tariffs do not, and will not, apply to crude oil and another refinery feedstock. If there is ‘hard-Brexit’ then tariffs might be applied to imported biofuels, such as bio-diesel (FAME) and bioethanol, which are blended into finished diesel and petrol. However, this is speculation, and no one can be certain. This could affect prices, but not supply.
  • Price – if the pound falls against the dollar, then we will see price increases (which is normal), however no one is willing to predict how the pound will be impacted.
  • Panic buying – this could cause short term supply problems, however due to our supply contracts we have guaranteed supply ahead of uncontracted distributors, and can lift from other supply contracts if necessary, plus we hold stock. Some of our competitors have significantly reduced their storage, some rely on one supplier and some have no supply contracts at all.

NWF Fuels And Brexit: What Does It All Mean?

Looking at all we know, here at NWF Fuels, we have made it our mission to make the Brexit transition “hard” or “soft” as easy as possible. As people from local communities helping fuel local industry, you know we are the company built to make a difference. That’s why we are the best choice for continued fuel supply through the uncertainty of Brexit!

If you have any questions that we haven’t answered in our NWF Fuels and Brexit blog; please feel free to contact us so we can give you further information.