Viva Energy has kicked of a 6 month demonstration of its 100% Renewable Diesel, derived from vegetable oil, which is being used to power Cleanaway vehicles to test technology that it is hoped will play a key role in reducing emissions in reducing emissions in the transport sector.

The Renewable Diesel is a true fossil fuel alternative that is grown, rather than extracted.  Made entirely from Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO) the Renewable Diesel is a gamechanger.  When the HVO is made from waste oils, such as used cooking oil, the impact on the greenhouse gas emissions of a vehicle is significant, with reduction in GHG emissions of up to 90%.

Viva Energy’s Chief Business Development and Sustainability Officer Lachlan Pfeiffer, said: “We are delighted to partner with Cleanaway as our first customer to use Renewable Diesel. We see great opportunities for this product to help abate emissions in the Transport sector, and potentially a wide range of other diesel-using industries”.

“Renewable Diesel is a ‘drop-in’ solution, so businesses do not need to make equipment or infrastructure investments nor changes to the operation of their truck fleet. It can also be blended with regular diesel at different ratios or supplied undiluted depending on what decarbonisation goals companies are trying to achieve”.

“At scale, these emissions savings have the potential to make a tangible difference to emissions reduction from on-road transport in Australia”, Mr Pfeiffer concluded.



In unveiling the demonstration engagement Viva Energy said its Carbon Solutions team is looking forward to working with Cleanaway and other clients and partners to offer lower carbon products, opt-in carbon neutral products and other services that are fit-for-purpose.

Viva Energy’s emissions-reduction partnership with Cleanaway also extends to the New Energies Service Station in Geelong, a hydrogen refuelling facility due to be operational later in 2024.

Cleanaway will operate two hydrogen-powered waste collection vehicles in the Greater Geelong region utilising Viva Energy’s hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

“We’re pleased to be launching our HVO100 demonstration, with two vehicles powered by this 100 per cent traceable and renewable fuel that will emit up to 90 per cent less greenhouse gas than regular fossil diesel,” said Cleanaway Managing Director and CEO Mark Schubert.

“The use of HVO100 in Cleanaway trucks is part of our Blueprint 2030 strategy to reduce the carbon impact of our operations and increase circularity from the material we collect.

“We’re committed to leading our industry with innovative and fit-for-purpose solutions that align with our customers’ goals while driving forward to support the achievement of federal emissions targets.”

The pathway to Net Zero and future fuels will take many branches and this program is one that, as an industry we are hoping to see more of, well done Viva and well done Cleanaway

Elisha Radwanowski BCom(HRM&IR)