HVO trial for Ball Beverage Packaging and Coca-Cola

Commercial Motor
November 2, 2023


Ball Beverage Packaging and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) have announced a 12-month UK trial of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) part fueled vehicles.

The trial is expected to power around 5,000 deliveries, amounting to a reduction of up to 300 tonnes of carbon emissions over the year. Supported by one of Ball’s UK logistics partners Menzies Distribution, the vehicles will run on a mix of diesel and HVO. The fleet, which includes the MAN TGX pictured, will supply the CCEP site in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. 

Tom McCarthy, vice president of integrated business planning at Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA, said: “We are delighted to work with Coca-Cola Europacific Partners on such an important project. Tackling emissions from transport is extremely important to us – from production of the can to the final delivery stage. Through strong collaboration with our customers and suppliers across the value chain we are driving towards our sustainability goals.” 

Francisco Javier Sanchez Gandarias, vice president customer service and supply chain at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Great Britain, said: “We see it as our responsibility as a leading manufacturer in GB to support collaboration along the supply chain. We’re aligned with Ball Beverage Packaging’s goals when it comes to reducing emissions from transport, so that, together, we can make a bigger impact when it comes to tackling the climate challenge. We are continuing to encourage all of our third-party partners to transition to lower carbon solutions so we can produce and deliver the drinks people love more sustainably.”

Ball is already using HVO at other locations across France and Sweden and plans to implement the fuel in Spain, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. CCEP is using HVO in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden but just 8% of the total distance travelled across Europe in 2022 was powered by alternative fuels.

This trial period contributes to CCEP’s target to be a net zero operation by 2040. On the way to this goal, it’s aiming to reduce emissions across its supply chain by 30% by 2030 compared with 2019. 


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