28 May 2018
Together with GoodFuels (supplier of sustainable biofuels) and Hans de Baat Olieprodukten BV (distributor), Strukton Rail has signed a multi-year cooperation agreement to reduce the CO2 emissions of the rollers (cranes on lorries) by switching from fossil diesel to sustainable biofuels.
This makes Strukton Rail’s crane company the first party in the railway sector to take this step towards sustainability. A step that will immediately have a positive effect on the CO2 footprint of Strukton Rail and the working environment of the employees.
from left to right: Doryan Daamen (GoodFuels), Hans de Baat (Hans de Baat Olieprodukten BV), Harold Verbruggen (Strukton)
The fuel GoodFuels50 is being introduced. The switch to GoodFuels100 will take effect from 1 January 2019. This fossil-free fuel is the most sustainable, ensures a CO2 reduction of 90% and a significantly better air quality compared to fossil diesel. The positive effect on air quality is strongest in older engines.
f.l.t.r. : Doryan Daamen (GoodFuels), Hans de Baat (Hans de Baat Olieprodukten BV), Harold Verbruggen (Strukton)
What does it yield?
Looking at the annual consumption, the use of GoodFuels in the remaining part of 2018 will result in a reduction of 160 tons of CO2. In 2019, this will increase to 635 tons of CO2.
“We hope that this step will spread like a sustainable ‘oil slick’ within the railway sector, but certainly beyond. There are still plenty of other applications to consider,”
Harold Verbruggen, Manager Business Unit Equipment.
All parties see this cooperation agreement as a good first step.
“We are extremely proud that Strukton Rail is the first market party to make a serious contribution to the sustainability of the rail sector where fossil diesel is still used. The transition is good for Strukton, for sustainable biofuels and for achieving the climate targets,”
Doryan Daamen, Sales Director GoodFuels
GoodFuels versus (bio)diesel
GoodFuels sustainable biofuels must not be confused with the old biofuel. On the one hand because the sustainability of biodiesel often leaves much to be desired, because of the possible effect on deforestation or the impact on the food chain. On the other hand, because biodiesel is of low quality and can only be used to a limited extent in engines. In addition to sustainability, the quality of the fuel is interesting because this means that it can be used directly in diesel engines without modifications. Furthermore, the fuel is odourless and can withstand cold weather conditions.