The partnership is based on exclusivity. According to the deal, Sovereign subsidiary, Activ Cars is contracted to deliver components and aircraft parts to the Airbus production plants in
Hamburg, Bremen, and Toulouse. In doing so, Active Cars has committed to powering its vehicles with climate friendly HVO100 fuel.
The HVO abbreviation stands for “Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil”. This type of diesel is produced from waste, residue oils, and fats such as used cooking oil. By using this biofuel, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by up to 90% compared to fossil diesel.
1000 tons of CO² saved
The new partnership between the European aircraft manufacturer and the Sovereign Group, marks a significant shift towards promoting lower carbon transport solutions in the aviation industry. As a first step, fixed-schedule tours between northern Germany and France are now being converted in close collaboration with HVO100 suppliers such as Shell, for instance. These tours alone have an annual savings potential of 1000 tons of CO2, estimates the Sovereign management. It announced that additional tours are already planned but require final approval of HVOs by the German regulator.
Activ Cars is proud to be part of this initiative, its management emphasizes. Sovereign’s road feeder service provider aims to reduce the environmental footprint of the logistics industry while providing consistent, reliable service, thus positioning itself in partnership as a pioneer in transport logistics.
Contribution to achieving net zero
On the occasion of the deal, the Sovereign Group stated that it has been pursuing an active decarbonization strategy called #ourwaytozero, for some time and as such has been already regularly fueling with HVO for several other customers on its European Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) network. Building on this experience, the fuel switch decided by Activ Cars reflects a significant step towards achieving net zero emissions. The partnership between Airbus and Activ Cars prompted the trucking company’s step to switch to HVO100, as both players share the goal of decarbonizing their respective operations.
“Step in the right direction,” says Activ Cars
Sven Grissmer, Managing Director of Activ Cars, commented on the partnership: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to support Airbus in its pursuit of sustainability. As a logistics partner, it is our responsibility to provide innovative solutions that meet the needs of our customers and the environment. The use of HVO100 fuel is a step in the right direction, and we are ready to make our contribution to a low-emission future. We particularly want to highlight the commitment and willingness of Airbus and the Airbus 4PL, who have been instrumental in supporting the transition.”
The HVO100 fuel agreement signed by Airbus and Activ Cars, is a small but encouraging example of the collaboration and efforts needed to contribute to the aviation industry’s 2050 net-zero carbon emission goal, jointly set by ICAO, IATA, in line with airports and airlines.
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