Berlin, 9 June 2009
A discussion-based event entitled "Diesel from renewable resources – a step toward zero-emission transportation?" was attended today in Berlin by Daimler AG, Deutsche Post DHL, the energy group OMV, the Finnish oil company Neste Oil, and the public transport company Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG. The companies presented the initial results of their joint pilot project focusing on fuel from sustainable production technologies.
Since mid-2008, 14 series-production Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses running exclusively on sustainably produced NExBTL diesel fuel have been in service in Germany. The vehicles have already covered in excess of one million kilometres. The field test shows that the combustion of diesel fuel made from hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) significantly reduces pollutant emissions.
Emissions of nitrogen oxide, for example, are reduced by up to 15 per cent. The overall CO2 balance is also positive. From the sustainable cultivation of the raw material palm oil used in the pilot project to its processing and ultimate use in the vehicle, CO2 emissions fell by more than 60 per cent compared with fossil fuels.