Harvest Energy is an environmentally-focused, independent supplier of road fuels in the UK.
The company is obligated under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) to provide independently audited and verified evidence to the Department for Transport (DfT) showing that all biofuels supplied in the UK come from renewable sources and are sustainable as per the requirements of the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and RTFO guidance.
The mandatory sustainability requirements include a minimum greenhouse gas saving (GHG) of 35% compared to conventional fossil fuel, complete traceability of the whole biofuel supply chain and those relating to land use, which require Harvest Energy to demonstrate that the cultivation of feedstocks for our fuels did not damage areas of high carbon stocks or high biodiversity.
To adhere to these criteria, Harvest Energy only purchases supply that meets / exceeds the requirements and ensures where possible that all supply is certified under approved EU voluntary schemes. Furthermore, we strive to purchase product directly from biofuel producers to maintain better supply chain transparency and to capture more data that could be lost in longer supply chains. Overall, Harvest Energy ensures full traceability on all biofuels it supplies into the UK market regardless of whether the biofuel comes from other biofuel producers in the European Union.
Harvest Energy has also gone further than necessary to ensure that its systems and management procedures are compliant with the strict requirements laid out in the RED by being certified under the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification scheme (ISCC), which is approved by the European Commission. This involves being audited annually for compliance with ISCC regulations by an independent certified body which checks all incoming and outgoing biofuel deliveries and in relation to our own biodiesel plant, that all feedstocks used can be traced back to the point of origin (i.e. field/farm for crops and for used cooking oil, restaurants).
In year 5 of the RTFO (15 April 2012 to 14 April 2013), all of the biofuel supplied within Harvest Energy’s fuel sold in the UK met the RTFO sustainability requirements and achieved an average GHG saving of 68.18% compared to conventional fossil fuel. 96.03% of this biofuel was produced in accordance with an EU recognised voluntary sustainability certification scheme such as ISCC, something that Harvest Energy was not required to do, but did so at extra cost to ensure additional transparency and assurance with environmental legislation.
Harvest Energy, as one of the largest biofuel producers in the UK realises that it is in a significant position to reduce the UK’s GHG emissions by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and developing new sustainable feedstocks. Subsequently, Harvest Energy’s plant focuses on processing waste oils/fats to produce biodiesel plus associated by-products, as this helps to reduce conflict with other feedstock uses (food vs fuel) and results in greater greenhouse gas savings. To do this, the very latest technology has been optimised by Harvest Energy’s highly skilled engineering and operating team to ensure the plant delivers maximum yield, minimum waste streams and low energy consumption throughout the manufacturing process whilst producing EN14214 quality product. This is all done within the strict environmental legislation and requirements of the EU Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) which requires our plant to be issued with a permit by the Environment Agency. This issuance of this permit is based on Harvest Energy:
- Monitoring, limiting and reducing emissions and pollution to water, air and land
- Monitoring, limiting and controlling noise and vibrations
- Reducing waste and avoiding the production of waste where possible
- Having accident plans in place to reduce environmental impacts if they occur
- Being energy efficient and using raw materials efficiently
Did you know?
Harvest Energy was recently recognised as one of Britain’s top ten most progressive biofuels and biochemical companies by the NNFCC, the leading international consultancy that advises on the conversion of biomass to bioenergy, biofuels and bio-based products.