Wincanton announces HVO for Screwfix fleet

Logistics firm Wincanton has announced 85% of its fleet serving Screwfix will use Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) to reduce carbon emissions.

The news follows Wincanton and the Screwfix logistics team launching a trial in 2022, which initially involved 48 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) operating from the Screwfix distribution centre in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

Screwfix worked with its truck manufacturer to make sure that the HVO specification fuel was compatible with the fleet, before installing HVO fuel tanks at its distribution centres, with results surpassing expectations.

Vehicles operating from Stafford joined the HVO usage in March 2023, which meant the green biofuel powered 85% of the Screwfix’s fleet – using approximately 90,000 litres of HVO per week.

Made from 100% waste materials, HVO is an alternative fuel that uses renewable feedstocks and food wastes, including cooking oil, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 90% and particulate matter by 83%. 

The move forms part of the Wincanton Group’s wider commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 across its operations.

Ian Howe, Supply Chain and Logistics Director at Screwfix, said: “Being a responsible business is hugely important to Screwfix and tackling our climate impact by reducing carbon emissions is crucial.

“With over 870 stores across the UK and Ireland, transport is a key focus for Screwfix’ commitment in serving local communities, and we are determined to drive a real and material difference, in reducing emissions and improving air quality. The results are impressively encouraging, and we’re exploring how we can go further.”

Ian Keilty, Chief Operating Officer at Wincanton, said: “Today’s announcement marks an important milestone for both Wincanton and Screwfix as we build towards our shared target of net-zero emissions by 2040.

“It’s also a great example of how Wincanton supports its partners to drive positive change within their operations, and we’re proud to be delivering this initiative for such a valued, long-term customer.”

Sign up for our essential
newsletter service.

Enter your details here.