HVO Case Study – Alan Marcon Van

Firebird proves a leader with another exciting step in reducing CO2 emissions from source to supply for its customers

In the wake of the UN’s damning report on climate change which flagged the starkest warnings yet about the state of the planet and the damage caused by human activity, Firebird, Ireland’s market leading manufacturer of commercial and domestic boilers, has revealed another ground-breaking step taken to realise its zero net ambitions.

Long before the UN’s recent report which warned that the opportunity for humans to take action to reverse or even slow the process of global warming was closing, Firebird has been ambitiously leading the charge in renewable innovation to combat our climate woes.

Following its successful trials in homes in Ireland, Firebird has championed the switch to eco-friendly HVO as a drop-in replacement for kerosene and other fossil fuels in domestic boilers which could go a long way towards saving the planet and helping Ireland reach its 2030 Climate Action plan goals.

Firebird passionately believes that we all have a part to play to reduce carbon emissions and has also now seized the chance to  offer customers the benefit of an even greener supply chain by partnering with an installer who has become the first business owner in the UK to fuel his work van with HVO.

The partnership is an ideal fit for Firebird which is the first to engineer future-proofed commercial and domestic boilers that are fossil fuel free and ready for the switch to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).

Firebird’s three manufacturing sites in Ireland, Northern Ireland and England are already fuelled by HVO.

Partnering with Alan Marcon from York  who is putting HVO into practice through his transportation is another link in the chain and way in which Firebird can support its customers to make more environmentally-driven decisions.

HVO is an advanced fossil-free fuel derived from 100% renewable waste streams. As a drop-in replacement to diesel with 90% less emissions, the use of HVO has been rapidly gaining popularity across the UK and Europe with many regarding it as a ‘no brainer’ for transport and heating applications.

Recognising the revolutionary shift towards HVO which is now being used across industries from fuelling fuel jets to data centres, manufacturing sites to nursing homes, Firebird’s forward-thinking engineering ensures its boilers are HVO ready for the switch, when its customers are.

As a plumber and heating engineer who has spent numerous years installing Firebird’s boilers, Alan Marcon shares the same progressive and innovative spirit of Firebird.

“I knew HVO could be successfully used to heat homes and businesses but I wanted to know if it could stand the test of being used to fuel my work van, my VW transporter,” Alan explained.

“We all want to be as green and sustainable as we can but there didn’t seem to be any viable solution for work vehicles. I didn’t know of any electric vehicle that was suitable for carrying the load of heavy tools and driving the distance that you’d need from a commercial vehicle.”

“As with Firebird’s boilers, there was no modification required – switching to HVO was so simple, inexpensive and easy. I’m delighted and proud to say my work van is the first commercial vehicle in my industry that is carbon zero and it works just as well, if not better.”

“It’s only a matter of time before HVO is widely used and regarded as a greener and more viable alternative to fossil fuel.”

Mark Doyle, General Manager with Firebird explained how this is another innovative step to give its customers the added advantage of knowing they’re choosing an even greener supply chain.

“Our belief is that over time and hopefully not before long, the entire supply chain could be run on HVO which would make it almost 100% free of carbon emissions. Customers will have the power to make an enormous impact on the environment by switching to HVO for their home heating and in their purchasing decisions. Choosing Firebird gives that peace of mind knowing that our customers’ needs and our responsibility to the environment are the key drivers behind everything we do.”

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