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Biodiesel is a renewable fuel produced from vegetable crops and/or used cooking oil, and is a low carbon alternative to fossil diesel. Today, fuel suppliers are allowed to blend biodiesel, manufactured to EN 14214 standards, into regular road diesel (up to 7%). This 7% blend, known as B7, is compatible with any vehicle. Some manufacturers design their vehicles to operate on higher biodiesel blends, normally up to a 30% blend (B30).

  • There are currently no incentives for using biodiesel over standard fuels.

Fit for purpose

  • There are no operational restrictions. A vehicle running on biodiesel also maintains the ability to run on regular diesel, which can be used in the same tank.
  • Vehicle payload and load space are unaffected.
  • Biodiesel blends are mainly available from supplier facilities. If these are not convenient, a storage tank and dispenser can be installed at your depot.
  • A good quality biodiesel manufactured to the EN 14214 standard should be used.

Operational performance

  • A vehicle’s fuel delivery system has to be designed to work with biodiesel and manufacturers will recommend more frequent maintenance.
  • Same mileage on full tank as diesel
  • Ideal Operation: city, suburbs, motorway. back to base.

Environmental Performance

  • Tailpipe emissions are unaffected, but as biodiesel is a renewable fuel, fuel life-cycle CO2 reductions of around 28% are available when using B30 manufactured from used cooking oil.
  • Biodiesel vehicles normally emit less particulate matter with similar, or marginally increased, NOx emissions.
  • You should ensure that the biodiesel used is from sustainable sources. Biodiesel manufactured from used cooking oil has a very low environmental impact as it is a waste material and does not require food crops to be grown to produce it.

Compared to diesel:

  • Tailpipe CO2 – similar
  • Fuel life-cycle CO2 – 28% saving using B30 from used cooking oil
  • Similar air quality
  • Similar noise.