Accelerating Renewable Fuel Use in HDVs

Background and Challenge

Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) are responsible for 20% of UK road transport greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and long-haul trucks are one of the most challenging sectors to decarbonise. Zemo Partnership’s study on Market Opportunities to decarbonise HDVs identified a variety of interventions which could help accelerate the adoption of high blend renewable fuel (HBRF) in HGVs by fleet operators and tackle market barriers. 

High blend renewable fuels include biomethane, biodiesel, hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and a variety of advanced renewable fuels.


  • To improve the provision of information.
  • To raise confidence in the performance of renewable fuels in terms of GHG emissions and sustainability.
  • To recognise fleet operators who have adopted HBRF.
  • To support the develop of government policy.

Actions and Outputs

  • Manage and operate the Renewable Fuels Assurance Scheme (RFAS).
  • Engage with stakeholders including renewable fuel suppliers, OEMs, fleet operators, local authorities and trade associations.
  • Up to eight Renewable Fuel Suppliers to be approved under the RFAS by the end of March 2022.
  • Prepare a paper outlining a framework for the fleet operator recognition scheme.
  • Hold two stakeholder workshops and draft a paper to support DfT policy work on HBRFs.
  • Host two webinars on renewable fuel adoption in HGV fleets including engagement with EST.
  • Promote the Renewable Fuels Guide.


April 2021 – March 2022

Gloria Esposito

Zemo Partnership Lead:
Gloria Esposito

Head of Sustainability

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