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Certa Transition Entire Delivery Fleet to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil

Certa, one of Ireland’s largest fuel distributors, have transitioned their fleet of delivery vehicles from running on diesel to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).

The move will see Certa’s entire fleet of over 100 trucks run on the biofuel by the end of March following a successful trial in 2022. Collectively, Certa’s fleet travels over 3,000,000 km annually and the switch to GD+ HVO is the equivalent of reducing its fleet to 9 trucks in terms of carbon emissions output.

The fuel itself, as the name suggests, is produced from waste plant matter, and emits no new carbon into the atmosphere. Compared with regular diesel, HVO offers a reduction in carbon emissions by up to 90%.

"I'm very proud of Certa Ireland for being a true HVO leader. I think with this, we take an industry leading position in Ireland and therefore can also be a role model to our customers."

Part of DCC Plc., Certa distributes heating oil from 22 depots across Ireland as well as supplying commercial fuels & lubricants to a wide range of businesses nationwide. In 2022, the company started to supply hydrotreated vegetable oil to a range of sectors in Ireland as a sustainable alternative fuel to regular diesel.

Fabian Ziegler, CEO of DCC Energy, said “We want to be a real decarbonisation leader, so renewable fuels are incredibly important to us. The big advantage of HVO is that our customers can use it without going through much change, and there are no switch costs so for us this fuel is eminently important.“

He continued “I’m very proud of Certa Ireland for being a true HVO leader. I think with this, we take an industry leading position in Ireland and therefore can also be a role model to our customers.”

Speaking at the launch of Certa’s HVO-fuelled fleet, Andrew Graham, Managing Director, said “Our transition to HVO fuel for our fleet shows our commitment and belief in HVO as a viable, commercial diesel alternative. We’re very proud to be one of the first Irish companies to make the switch and hope to encourage wider adoption.”

Since the beginning of the initiative, Certa have helped some of Ireland’s largest events go fossil-free including Electric Picnic, The National Ploughing Championships and the Irish Open. In addition, they have supplied their GD+ HVO product to companies in tech, transport, construction and a host of other sectors.

Notably, John Sisk & Sons, Ireland’s largest construction company, has worked with Certa to mandate the use of HVO fuel across all of its Irish sites.

To find out how we can help you dramatically reduce your commercial carbon footprint, speak to our commercial GD+ HVO expert, Laura Byrne on 085 807 2040 or email [email protected]


Certa Ireland is a subsidiary of DCC plc. DCC plc is a leading international sales, marketing and support services group operating in 22 countries, supplying products and services used by millions of people every day. Headquartered in Dublin, the Group operates across three sectors: energy, healthcare and technology, employing over 16,000 people. DCC plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100.


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