Paving the way for lower emissions from heavy-duty vehicles
Shell and EUROVIA partner to reduce emissions from heavy-duty fleet. The German subsidiary of concessions, energy, and construction world leader VINCI, adopts Shell’s low carbon solutions to reduce emissions from the heavy-duty fleet servicing two of its asphalt mixing plants.
EUROVIA Germany, a subsidiary of global construction giant VINCI, is one Germany’s largest transport and infrastructure construction companies with more than 3,700 employees working across 125 locations. As the company reviewed the sustainability of its operations, it became clear that significant carbon reduction could be achieved in its heavy-duty vehicle fleet transporting to and from its asphalt mixing plants. Having already worked with Shell on innovative construction solutions, EUROVIA turned to Shell as a partner that could help solve the challenge.
Synergy in values
EUROVIA, as part of parent company VINCI, has a goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 2018 and be net-zero by 2050 in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. As part of its “Powering Progress” strategy, Shell is working with customers across sectors to accelerate the transition to net-zero emissions. These shared values and a long successful partnership were the foundations for the transformation of the two companies' collaboration that has grown from asphalt to cover solutions across the construction value chain.
This new broader approach to decarbonisation is possible thanks to Shell’s transformation of its business customer units to work sector by sector to address specific customer needs. The newly created unit Shell Construction and Road offers specific sectoral experience and deep industry knowledge for the construction industry. By leveraging Shell’s strong bitumen business, its expertise in low-carbon fuels and cleaner energy solutions Shell Construction and Road wants to be the partner of choice for decarbonising construction and support the construction companies to reduce their emissions along the value chain.
"Our business partners are under increasing pressure to reduce their CO2 emissions. In addition to a comprehensive portfolio of bitumen products, we will now offer our customers in the construction and asphalt industries integrated solutions to find the low-carbon energy mix tailored to their needs," says Stephan Welzer, Business Manager DACH & CEE at Shell Construction and Road.
Collaborating for low-carbon transport
Shell’s solution to the challenge of decarbonising heavy-duty fleet transport was Shell R33 Blue Diesel fuel, an innovative fuel which consists of 33% sustainable biocomponents. These regenerative components come from waste materials, such as cooking fats, that are collected, filtered, cleaned, and processed. Shell R33 Blue Diesel fuel can be used in all diesel vehicles without any engine modification.
The use of R33 Blue Diesel by EUROVIA shows that fuels with biocomponents can also supplement or replace fossil fuels for the vehicle fleet. Due to their regenerative biomass content, these fuels can help companies save at least 22% CO2 emissions compared to using fossil diesel fuel. In addition, unavoidable emissions can be offset by purchasing CO2 certificates for selected climate protection projects.
“Shell has similar values to ours when it comes to climate protection," says Lars Matthews, responsible for environment and energy at EUROVIA. "That's why we want to tackle the energy transition together. The use of R33 Blue Diesel is an important step towards decarbonisation and sustainability for us. On behalf of our industry, we want to lead by example and accelerate the transition to a climate-neutral, resource-efficient and circular economy."
Powering future emissions reduction
Building on the success of R33 Blue Diesel, Shell is developing other biocomponent containing fuels. For example, the company is expanding the supply of liquefied biomethane (bio-LNG) in Germany, creating an affordable and with lower CO2 impact fuel for heavy-duty transport.
Shell’s focus on bringing new innovative products to market is part of its mission to be a leading partner for decarbonisation within the construction value chain. From raw material extraction and asphalt production to transportation and onsite operations, transformation needs to start now to make reaching net-zero emissions a reality. By partnering together, Shell and EUROVIA are an example of how successful collaboration can help accelerate change towards net-zero.
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