CAIRNGORM: BIOFUEL TO BE USED ACROSS RESORT
28th November 2019
Last modified on December 18th, 2019
The Scottish ski resort will use biofuel to reduce emissions in its road-clearing, snow making & other diesel-fuelled machinery.
The move is expected to cut carbon emissions from the equipment by up to 90% and will be implemented in the New Year.
Hydrotreated vegetable oil, HVO, is a premium quality second-generation biofuel made from renewable, sustainable raw materials.
The fossil-free fuel can be used in many modern diesel engines and off-road machinery.
Last year the resort introduced a snow factory and added eight new snow cannons.
These currently run off diesel-powered generators as an interim measure until the mains electricity supply can be upgraded.
HVO will also be used in the centre’s two road-clearing Unimog truck and plans to use the fuel in its new piste basher.
Changing to biofuel aligns with the Scottish Government Climate Change Plan to drive down emissions by using innovative solutions to protect and enhance the natural environment.
“At Cairngorm we are ever conscious of our carbon footprint and constantly looking at ways to reduce this,” said Susan Smith the chief executive of Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Limited. that runs the resort.
“Snow making has become hugely important for the Scottish snow sports sector.
“At Cairngorm it enables us to create a wonderful ski area on lower slopes for beginners and to operate ski tows to take more experienced skiers and snowboarders to higher levels when conditions are good.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have identified a fossil-free fuel made from renewable, sustainable raw materials that can power our diesel run equipment.
“We have issued a tender to the market this week to source a supplier. All going well we could be using HVO across the estate early in the new year.”
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