Reducing our carbon footprint since 2007
Since 2007 Ollertons has reduced our carbon footprint by 21% even though our company continues to grow.
Ollertons are conscious of the carbon footprint the company may have on the planet and the great importance of our responsibility in reducing our carbon emissions.
2017 has seen more Euro 6 trucks to enter the fleet in our aim to get the most environmentally friendly vehicles as possible, these vehicles are carefully chosen because of the low C02 emissions and great fuel savings.
We Use Bio Fuel
Ollertons changed fuel in 2009 from standard fossil fuel to Bio fuel and were one of the first companies in Lancashire to do so in our aim to reduce pollution.
Bio fuel can be made from crops that produce suitable oil such as oilseed rape, palm and Soya. It can also be made by recycling oil that has already been used for cooking.
The UK bio fuels industry has developed world-leading sustainability standards which ensure that bio fuel production in the UK does not have a detrimental effect on the environment. UK bio fuels companies can therefore deliver sustainable bio fuels which deliver carbon savings, and can help to reduce global warming.
By law, all fuel on UK forecourts must have a percentage of bio fuels.
In the UK, road transport produces around a quarter of all our greenhouse gases and this is increasing. The UK, Europe and governments worldwide now believe that climate change is a real problem which must be addressed urgently.
In January 2008 the European Commission announced its plans for a Renewable Energy Directive, which would see 10% of all road transport fuel coming from renewable sources by 2020.
We must reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we are producing, and there are a variety of ways we can do this in our everyday lives such as recycling, driving less, switching off appliances and using energy-saving light bulbs. The introduction of alternative energy sources such as bio fuels in the UK is just one of these ways.
Bio fuels are sometimes described as green fuels. Most bio fuels are made from crops. As the crops grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. So the carbon dioxide that escapes when bio fuels are burnt is subsequently absorbed by new plants growing to produce more bio fuels – it’s a ‘virtuous’ circle.
UK bio fuels can produce significant savings in greenhouse gas emissions of 70% or more compared to conventional fuels.
The extent of greenhouse gas saving depends upon the way the crop is grown and processed into bio fuel.
The UK government is committed to bio fuels that make a difference to the environment and has set up an independent body -The Renewable Fuels Agency (RFA) – that is responsible for ensuring that this happens. Otherwise there would be little point in introducing bio fuels to the UK.
“Compared to fossil-derived petrol, bio-ethanol from wheat has the potential to reduce energy inputs by 61% and total greenhouse gas.”