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MILES BETTER: Circle K continues expansion of HVO renewable fuel across Ireland

CIRCLE K, Ireland’s leading forecourt and convenience retailer, has today announced the opening of three new milesBIO HVO100 locations across its network bringing to eight the total number of locations where customers can now access milesBIO HVO100.

These latest additions are part of Circle K’s commitment to provide access to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) renewable diesel on all national road routes.

The three new milesBIO HVO100 pumps are located at Circle K Monaghan, Co. Monaghan, City North on the M1 and Kill South on the M7/N7 Co. Kildare, with plans for two additional sites to be unveiled in the coming months. milesBIO HVO100 is already located at Circle K Dublin Port, Co. Dublin; Circle K Junction 8, M8, Cashel, Co. Tipperary; Circle K Junction 5, M9, Rathcrogue, Co. Carlow; and Circle K Junction 14, M8, Gortore, Fermoy, Co. Cork and Circle K Express Daly’s Lifford, Co. Donegal.

milesBIO HVO100 is a completely fossil-free biofuel made from waste, by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption from the food industry and can be used to power diesel vehicles. HVO alternative diesel offers an up to 90% reduction in carbon emissions over regular diesel.

Through the introduction of milesBIO HVO100, Circle K is supporting businesses with fleet operations in reducing their carbon emissions. Companies such as cooking oil supplier Frylite Solutions, freight and logistics operator DFDS, and Musgraves MarketPlace have all now partnered with Circle K and introduced milesBIO HVO100 to their operations to reduce emissions across their respective fleets.

BIOFUEL: Michael Kelly, Head of Sales Frylite, Eamon McEvoy, Bulk Fuels Senior Key Account Manager at Circle K and Ryan Flanagan, Group Environmental Advisor, Frylite

In addition, Circle K’s own logistics fleet, responsible for over 1,000 truck deliveries weekly, is now running entirely on HVO. This move has resulted in a reduction of up to 90% in carbon emissions for all fuel deliveries across the network, contributing significantly to Ireland’s carbon reduction targets.

HVO remains a key priority for Circle K and in 2024it plans to expand its footprint by introducing further locations. The company has allocated over €2 million this year towards ongoing and upcoming projects including enhancing storage facilities at its terminals and advancing HVO technology to meet evolving market demands.

As Circle K leads innovation within the fuel retail sector, it remains aligned with the Irish Government’s ambition to reduce transport carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.

Jonathan Diver, Senior Director Fuel at Circle K Ireland, said: “We are committed to supporting our business customers in their efforts to reduce carbon emissions through innovative sustainable fuel solutions. Since we introduced milesBIO HVO100 to the Irish market in 2022, we have collaborated closely with numerous commercial partners, including industry leaders like Musgrave, Stobart Logistics and, more recently, Frylite Solutions and DFDS, and we are already seeing the impact of milesBIO HVO100 on their respective operations.

HVO remains a key investment priority for Circle K as we aim to expand our presence with new locations in 2024. To this end, we have allocated over €2 million this year towards both ongoing and upcoming projects, and to enhance storage facilities at our terminals. Together, we are accelerating the adoption of HVO among diesel vehicle users, contributing towards Ireland’s path to net-zero and supporting the government’s objectives to achieve a 50% reduction in transport carbon emissions by 2030.”

Michael Kelly, Field Sales Manager, Frylite Solutions, said: “At Frylite Solutions, we are proud to lead the way in sustainable cooking oil solutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Our collaboration with Circle K in promoting HVO is a natural extension of our commitment to environmental stewardship. For over three decades, we have been dedicated to delivering quality and service to our customers while focusing on responsible oil management and the circular economy. Across Ireland, Frylite Solutions serves retailers and caterers, supplying 35.6 million litres of fresh cooking oil and collecting 25,8 million litres of used cooking oil for recycling into biodiesel. Through this, Frylite Solutions has helped save over 40,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2023.

“This partnership with Circle K to promote HVO based Biofuel reflects our ongoing efforts to innovate and support Ireland’s journey towards a more sustainable future, aligning with our vision to recycle waste into renewable energy and reduce carbon footprints across the industry. We are delighted to work with the Circle K team with a shared vision of a cleaner, safer future.” he added.

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