Kubota (UK), manufacturer of agricultural construction equipment and industrial engines, has approved the use of paraffinic fuels HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) and GTL (Gas To Liquid) in all its diesel engines. This decision will contribute to a lower carbon footprint for Kubota internal combustion engines.
Kubota completed an internal evaluation of these fuels before approval and confirmed that it complies with the European standard EN15940 and is suitable for use in all its diesel engines.
Tim Yates, Kubota’s agricultural and ground care sales manager, said: “This is a tremendous benefit for operators who are required to meet environmental conditions where CO2 emissions are monitored and measured. For those working in urban locations for example, or with county councils and environmental projects, achieving a lower carbon footprint is now possible with Kubota powered equipment.”
As a manufacturer of industrial engines, tractors, groundcare and construction equipment, Kubota recognises that HVO, which is synthesised from vegetable oil and fat, and GTL which is synthesised from natural gas, are becoming increasingly popular as alternative fuels due to their environmental benefits that offer reduced emissions.
Mr Yates continued: “This is another example of Kubota’s engineering excellence, to enable a change in approved fuel without any modification. It provides owners and operators with yet another fuel choice, to suit their operating environment.”
Operators using these fuels must ensure any local regulations are being adhered to.