Komatsu announces switch to HVO as factory-fill fuel in Europe

Komatsu is switching to hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as factory-fill fuel for the company's European equipment.
Loading, Hauling & Excavation / April 20, 2023
By Guy Woodford
Filling a Komatsu machine with HVO as factory-fill fuel at the KGC plant in Hannover, Germany

In line with Komatsu's long-term goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and as a challenging target in the mid-term management plan, the switch will begin this month at the Komatsu Germany Construction Division (KGC) plant in Hannover, Germany, and at the Komatsu UK plant in Birtley, England. Other Komatsu Europe plants will follow, says the Japanese-headquartered off-highway equipment giant.

The combustion engines in Komatsu machines*1 can be operated with HVO*2, with no modifications required. The switch to this renewable, paraffinic fuel as a sustainable alternative to traditional diesel fuel is a major step Komatsu is taking towards reducing its environmental impact. It shows that the company's machines can run on cleaner and more sustainable energy, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.

HVO refuelling
Komatsu's HVO first fill product (Neste MY Renewable Diesel) is mainly made of waste material, limiting consumption of renewable resources such as vegetable oils

HVO is produced from renewable raw materials such as cooking oil and animal fat waste. It is a simple drop-in replacement for fossil diesel but has high cetane, no oxygen, and no aromatics. It can lower the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by your Komatsu equipment by up to 90% if the machine is fuelled with Neste MY Renewable Diesel (= HVO 100) from Neste, one of Komatsu's main suppliers of HVO.

"Komatsu's HVO first fill product (Neste MY Renewable Diesel) is mainly made of waste material limiting consumption of renewable resources such as vegetable oils," said Ingo Büscher, Managing Director of KGC, adding: "We are committed to supporting our customers in achieving their long-term sustainability goals as a one-team approach. We believe that HVO is an effective and economical option to reduce emissions and save limited resources."

Komatsu's switch to HVO factory-fill fuel is just one of the many steps the company is taking towards sustainability, along with the research and development of new technologies and solutions, such as electric and hydrogen-powered machines, to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and achieve its zero-emission goal.

By embracing solutions like HVO fuel, Komatsu is helping to create a more sustainable future for the construction and mining industries.

DANTOTSU Value is defined as customer value creation that generates a positive cycle of improvement of earnings and ESG resolutions in Komatsu's mid-term management plan, entitled 'DANTOTSU Value - Together, to 'The Next' for sustainable growth'. Through this DANTOTSU Value, Komatsu will strive to create new values to take steady steps forward to the next stage for the future workplace and pass on a sustainable future to the next generation.

*1 including the construction, forklift, mining and forestry machines

*2 Only HVOs that conform to the standards can be used for Komatsu machines equipped with Komatsu engines

The GHG emission reduction varies depending on the region-specific legislation that provides the calculation methodology (e.g. EU RED II 2018/2001/EU for Europe and US California LCFS for the US) and the raw material mix used to manufacture the product for each market.

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