IAG Cargo shifts its fleet of 160 trucks at London Heathrow to run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil

IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG), has successfully converted its 160-strong ground vehicle fleet at London Heathrow from Diesel to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).

HVO, derived from plant waste and fully renewable materials, serves as a seamless replacement for White Diesel, significantly impacting net carbon emissions.

This transition to HVO is projected to slash net greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% for IAG Cargo, while also notably reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions.

These reductions are poised to diminish IAG Cargo’s overall Scope 1 emissions by around 50%, aligning with the company’s sustainability objectives.

David Rose, Director of London Operations at IAG Cargo, expressed, “Switching our ground vehicle fleet from diesel to HVO underscores our dedication to sustainable practices.

This adoption of HVO at London Heathrow marks a pivotal step in our journey toward achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, fostering a more sustainable path forward for IAG Cargo.”

In tandem with transitioning to HVO, IAG Cargo is actively exploring additional avenues to minimize the carbon footprint of its global fleet. Initiatives include incorporating more electric vehicles (EVs) and streamlining the total number of vehicles in operation.

Notably, the fleet at the Dublin hub already operates with electric or HVO vehicles.

Comprising various vehicles ranging from small vans to large tugs capable of towing cargo-laden trailers, the transition to HVO was finalized in March 2024.

Ongoing measurements of the benefits accrued from this transition are underway and will continue in the forthcoming months.