First Cargo has surpassed its target regarding CO2 emission reduction – the goal was set on 150 tonnes, and we reached 193 tonnes reduction* in 2022! This is thanks to the drivers refueling with diesel in Sweden, resulting in a higher mixture of biodiesel. Sweden has the highest reduction obligation in Europe, currently 30.5 percent. Biodiesel is created by esterification of vegetable oils, for example rapeseed, soy or palm. It can also be produced by pine oil, or from used fats from street kitchens.
Perspective: 1 ton of CO2 approx equals 1 return flight Stockholm – Rome, 15.000 eggs, or 20.000 hours of hair drying. (Source: Atmoz)
*Compared to all-fossil diesel
A few biodiesel and reduction facts:
The reduction obligation for petrol and diesel was introduced on 1 July 2018 and from 1 July 2021 also for kerosene. This means that biofuels are mixed into petrol and diesel to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. On January 1, 2022, the reduction in Sweden was increased to 7.8 percent for gasoline and to 30.5 percent for diesel. Biodiesel is created by esterification of vegetable oils from, for example, rapeseed, soy or oil palm. It is also possible to produceu biodiesel from animal fats such as lard and tallow. Another useful raw material is used fats from street kitchens and restaurants. A variant of biodiesel contains admixture of residual products from the Swedish forest (HVO from pine oil), RME (rapeseed methyl ester). Pine oil as a raw material has a high carbon dioxide saving, 89 percent carbon dioxide reduction.