“We have just signed an agreement with DCC Energi regarding supply of GRL Fuel as a substitute for the diesel that we until now has used primarily for our trucks and big forklift trucks. Seen from an environmental perspective, this is a very favourable agreement”, informs Glenny Skov, Strategic Purchaser at Ib Andresen Industri.
And exactly the environmental perspective has been important according to Per Sylow, Quality Manager at Ib Andresen Industri: “We continually work on minimising our environmental impact, including our carbon footprint”.
Ib Andresen Industri has already replaced its internal raft of rolling-stock from mainly diesel- and gas-powered forklift trucks to electrically powered forklift trucks and vehicles.
“GTL Fuel is the solution for the part of our rolling-stock that cannot be replaced by electrically powered vehicles”, Peter Sylow explains.
Results in cleaner air
Through the change from regular diesel to GTL fuel, Ib Andresen Industri takes the step to reduce the impact on the local environment. “Because the new, cleaner fuel cuts up to 38 % of the particulate discharge from the rolling-stock compared to regular diesel”, explains Brian Bach, District Manager at DCC Energi, and continues:
“But that is not all. The change to GTL fuel also means that Ib Andresen Industri in collaboration with DCC Energi now CO2 compensate the entire yearly fuel consumption of 50,000 litres”. This means that Ib Andresen Industri from now on compensates a carbon emission of nearly 160 tonnes each year.
According to Peter Sylow, this means that “we kill two birds with one stone when it comes to our environmental and climate actions. When we look at the local environment, the gain is that we reduce the air contamination from our diesel machines significantly. At the same time, we get a here-and-now opportunity to do something about the carbon emission that our rolling-stock also has. This is a great step in the right direction”.
Impartial certification and the UN sustainable development goals
DCC Energi, who, i.a., runs the Shell stations in Denmark, now offers companies to buy GTL fuel that is CO2 compensated through large forest conservation and tree planting projects that Shell has built. The projects exist, at the time of writing, in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The projects are certified under international recognised standards and is, amongst others, pointed out by Denmark’s green think tank Concito.
In only Indonesia and Peru, two projects generate CO2 credits on a yearly basis corresponding to the emission of 10 million tonnes CO2. In comparison, Denmark overall emitted 51.9 million tonnes in 2018. At the same time, the projects show how CO2 compensation through nature conservation can play a part in improving conditions of life for local populations and endangered species. The projects have thereby also a positive influence on several of the UN sustainable development goals.