DB Cargo UK & Tata Steel Collaborate on Decarbonisation
Tata Steel and DB Cargo UK have successfully trialled the use of 100% renewable Hydro-treated Vegetable Oil in a Class 60 locomotive transporting product from Wales to the West Midlands. The carbon-busting locomotive carrying some 2500 tonnes of steel coil was the first Class 60 powered purely by the environmentally friendly fuel to travel on the mainline UK rail network. The train ran from Tata Steel’s steel works in Margam, Port Talbot, to its terminal in Round Oak in Brierley Hill in the West Midlands
Hydro treated Vegetable Oil is marketed as one of the world’s purest and greenest fuels. The fossil free, FAME free fuel is synthetically made through the hydro-treatment process from vegetable oils or animal fats which can reduce harmful carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by as much as 90%.
DB Cargo UK currently operates 228 diesel and electric locomotives that transport in the region of 37 million tonnes of freight each year across the UK and into Europe. It uses approximately 45 million litres of red diesel a year.