In the Netherlands, Strukton Rail, together with sustainable biofuels supplier GoodFuels and fuel distributor Hans de Baat Olieprodukten BV have signed a multi-year cooperation agreement to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of rollers – road-rail machinery – by switching from fossil fuels to sustainable biofuels.
According to a statement, this makes Strukton Rail’s rail maintenance company the first 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.
We hope that this step will spread as a sustainable ‘oil slick’ within the railway sector, but certainly beyond. There are still plenty of other applications to consider, said Harold Verbruggen, Manager Business Unit Equipment.
Fueling with GoodFuels50, a 50:50 blend of fossil and renewable diesel has already begun. With effect from January 1, 2019, GoodFuels100 will be used. According to Goodfuels, this fossil-free fuel is the most sustainable, ensures a 90 percent reduction of CO2 and significantly improved local air quality compared to fossil diesel especially if used in older engines.
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, commented Doryan Daamen, Sales Director GoodFuels.