Dutch coach company Jan de Wit Group says it is the first coach company in the Netherlands to be climate neutral. The company's approximately 100 coach fleet runs no longer on conventional diesel, but on the advanced fuel bio HVO 100 (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil).
This bio HVO is produced from vegetable oils and / or fats that have been treated with hydrogen. In the production only waste flows from the agricultural and food industry are used so HVO 100 does not lead to deforestation. HVO 100 is certified on the basis of the ISCC EU standard and meets the high demands of the EU for sustainable fuels. “By choosing HVO 100, Jan de Wit Group achieves a CO2 reduction of around 90% of 'well to wheel'.” according to company director Walter de Wit. The choice for HVO 100 preceded a two-year trial at the Jan de Wit Group. “After many kilometres with the new fuel was driven during this period without operational disadvantages”, according to director Walter de Wit, “the choice was an easy one”. “We decided to be the first coach company in the Netherlands to take this step in sustainability. The extraction of raw materials for HVO 100 and the actual production does not damage the environment or ecosystems. Our buses were fuelled with millions of litres of diesel in 2018. We think it's great that we, as one of the larger coach companies in the Netherlands, thanks to HVO 100 have reduced the CO2 reduction of Jan de Wit Group by 90% since the first of January.”
With the choice for HVO 100 Jan de Wit Group is able to offer its clients the most sustainable passenger transport solution possible. After concluding the successful trial period, Jan de Wit Group considered an investment in, among other things, new HVO 100 storage tanks at the offices in the cities Haarlem and Hippolytushoef – near Amsterdam.
Walter de Wit sees the HVO 100 fuel as the best interim solution in the transition phase to the use of hydrogen. "We think hydrogen-powered coaches with the necessary infrastructure can be reality within five to ten years and expect more from this than full electric driving. That is unrealistic in our industry because of the much too limited range of electric drive-lines. Moreover, electric travel is still a polluting option for coach transport. This is partly due to the fact that the production of electricity, batteries and the magnets required for coach drive-lines is in may cases far from sustainable.”