28 Dec 23

Yves Helven: The Viability of Biofuels for your Fleet

During the Global Fleet Summit Virtual Experience on 5 December 2023, fleet professionals were invited to provide a short, but to-the-point response to one of 12 central questions.

Yves Helven, Head of Content & Customer Acquisition at Global Fleet, answers the question: “Are biofuels and e-fuels the right fit for my fleet?”


Biofuels, notably bio-ethanol (commonly known as E85), emerged as a compelling renewable alternative to conventional fossil fuels. Comprising 85% ethanol derived from plant-based sources like corn and sugarcane, blended with 15% traditional gasoline, E85 represents sustainability potential. The growth phase of these plants sequesters CO2, rendering the ethanol component carbon neutral. Its reduced gasoline content leads to decreased emission levels, making it an environmentally conscientious choice.

Flex Fuel

Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) equipped with sensors capable of detecting fuel blends accommodate the usage of E85. While the adoption of E85 is on the rise due to increased availability of FFV models, challenges such as limited accessibility and potential compatibility issues with older vehicles persist. However, ongoing advancements in biofuel technology and infrastructure improvements are gradually mitigating these hurdles.

Beyond reduced emissions, the cost-effectiveness and ease of implementation further underscore the appeal of biofuels. Unlike electric vehicles requiring dedicated charging infrastructure, biofuel-powered cars can be refueled akin to traditional petrol or diesel vehicles, offering a seamless transition for fleets.

Greenhouse Gas Protocol's significance

Addressing sustainability, Helven elucidated the Greenhouse Gas Protocol's significance in evaluating emissions from biofuel-powered vehicles. Through meticulous calculations considering a hundred liters of biofuel and mixed car usage, the protocol calculates the environmental impact.

Impressively, biofuels, emitting only 32.7 kilograms of CO2e per hundred liters, stand in stark contrast to the over 200 kilograms emitted by petrol or diesel cars.

In conclusion, E85 presents a promising avenue in reducing emissions and dependence on non-renewable resources for fleet operations. However, critical elements like accurate GHG accounting, robust infrastructure, supportive policies, and collaborative industry efforts are imperative to fully realize the potential of biofuels.

Relive the “Answers that Matter” from the Global Fleet Summit Virtual Experience

Authored by: Yves Helven