Falköping Dairy and their hauliers have together made an effort for the environment and climate by introducing renewable fuel, HVO100 Neste MY Renewable Diesel. The conversion process and the experience with the product, has Neste talked to our customer Falköpings Mejeri and their hauliers about:

We first talk to Anders Segerström, CEO of Falköpings Dairy, which processes the milk from almost 20,000 cows. Approximately 240 million kilos of milk are processed into dairy products, which fill about 25 trucks – every day, all year round. We also get the opportunity to ask some questions to one of the companies that drives for the dairy.

Anders says: “Falköpings Dairy has long been very environmentally conscious. For as long as I can remember (and I have been here since 1987) they have looked at the water consumption in the dairy, the waste that occurs in the production and not least the energy consumption. In December 2019, we started a pellet plant to go from fossil fuel to a completely fossil-free alternative”.

Claes says: “We hauliers agreed that we should find a place where we could set up a common tank. As we all three drive to the dairy, I asked Anders if they would provide land for our tank. There were no problems with that”.

Claes continues: “From the beginning, we were absolutely convinced that we should have RME. One or two weeks before we were to start filling the tank, there was a turning point, for RME had risen in price. Then the HVO100 emerged as the only remaining alternative”.

Claes concludes: “In addition to reduced CO2 emissions, the advantage of HVO is that you can start the change immediately. You do not need to replace filters or catalysts on the vehicle, so it’s like driving on diesel with the vehicles you have. Anything can happen, and then you can just change fuel. You never have to be nervous of standing still”.

How do you think it has worked with the new renewable fuel?

Hassle-free. There is nothing against it.”

The three most important challenges for Falköpings Dairy

  1. Additional price for switching to HVO100
  2. Complexity with trucks and fuel stations in the distribution areas
  3. Demands for sustainability from customers

Hopefully it will be the case that if I and another haulier compete for a task, then the new customer chooses me because I am driving on HVO100“.

– Claes Claesson, Falköpings refrigerated transports (photo)

The solution

Claes: “I think it’s hard to get the full cost back, in pure money. In general, the market seems like everyone wants fossil-free, but when it comes to dollars and cents, not all customers are ready to go all the way. Customers want to be able to tell their end customers that they drive fossil-free, but we have to share the cost. Hopefully it will be the case that if I and another haulier compete for a task, then the new customer chooses me because I drive fossil-free. Then I make a profit on it. This is how I hope it will be in the end”.

Anders: “We have always agreed that we must move towards a more sustainable development and find as fossil-free fuels as possible. At some point the hauliers came to me and wanted the dairy to rent land for a station to fuel HVO100, and so it turned out. The hauliers paid for the tank and the installation together, and we leased the land. For a couple of months now, the hauliers have been driving fully on HVO100, which they are fueling at our place. So far it has worked very well”.

Claes: “The proposal came from different customers. I drive not only for the dairy but also for other customers. That you must run on renewable fuel is just a matter of time. So, a few years ago, I took a conversation with Tommy Berg and Per Hultberg, who also drives for the dairy, and suggested that we could do something together instead of everyone doing their own thing. It is much better to work together.

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