New eco-locomotive highlights the important role rail freight can play to make transport greener.
In a pioneering and environmentally friendly first for the UK, hybrid cars built in the Midlands will soon be carried to continental Europe via an eco-locomotive that runs on greener fuel made from used vegetable oil.
Rail freight operator DB Cargo’s sustainable hydro-treated vegetable oil fuelled (HVO) locomotive can cut carbon emissions by up to 90% compared to diesel.
The train, named ‘I’m a climate hero’, to reflect its new role, is an important step in the transition towards the government’s goal of net zero by 2050. It highlights the important role that rail freight can play as part of the Department for Transport’s aims to make transport greener, as outlined in the government’s recent transport decarbonisation plan.
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said:
DB Cargo is the largest rail freight operating company in the country and has been trialling and expanding its use of HVO as a way to reduce carbon emissions in the short term.
This new service using HVO will transport Toyotas built in Derby to continental Europe through the Channel Tunnel and import Toyotas on its return leg.
DB Cargo CEO Andrea Rossi said:
Leon van der Merwe, Vice President Supply Chain, Toyota Motor Europe, said: