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MYTH FOUR

"Alternative fuels can't offer any performance benefits other than reducing emissions"

  • 4% think electric is the most biodegradable ‘fuel type’ 
  • 26% think it’s the most sustainable

Electrification reduces emissions and is an integral part of the Government’s commitment to sustainability. However, it is not a zero emissions technology.

The confusion arises because the current focus is on ‘tank to wheel’ when assessing the sustainability of fuels. However, we should also consider ‘well to tank’—how fuel is produced—for a more realistic picture that considers the whole life cycle. For instance, it’s no good having electric powered vehicles if the electricity was generated using coal.

Shell GTL Fuel has multiple benefits to help minimise its impact on the environment, being free of unwanted components such as sulphur, metals, and aromatics. Jackson Civil Engineering recently trialled the cleaner burning alternative to minimise the environmental impact during the second phase of the Environment Agency’s Perry Barr & Witton Flood Risk Management Scheme. 

Commenting on the project and its use of alternative fuels, Josh Harris, Environment Agency Project Manager said: “This is a very exciting scheme, that is also proving the value of partnership working.  In addition to reducing the flood risk and improving the public space for the community, Jackson can fully support us in achieving many of our environmental goals, including the use of cleaner fuels – it’s a win-win for everyone.”

Read the case study on how Shell GTL Fuel supported the Environment Agency and Jacksons Civil Engineering in reducing harmful local emissions, noise and community impacts here

Interested in alternative fuels?

The Alternative Guide to Navigating the New Energy Mix was created to help construction, transport and public sector organisations discover the benefits of alternative fuels and separate fuel fact from fuel fiction. Explore the case for a liquid fuels future.