The Future of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil: Renewable Biofuel

The Future of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil: Renewable Biofuel


Apr 22, 2024

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What is Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO)?

Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) is a diesel-like fuel that can be produced without the need for fossil fuels by converting different vegetable oils and fats that contain triglycerides and fatty acids into renewable waste lipids. The term HVO is used for renewable diesel fuels derived from hydrogenation and hydrocracking of feedstocks such as tall oil, rapeseed oil, waste cooking oil, and animal fats. It is one of the major renewable diesel alternatives worldwide and is blended in fossil diesel and sold as mixtures at fuel filling stations. This blog defines the advantages of HVO, explores major industries using HVO, and also examines future market trends along with the key drivers for the hydrotreated vegetable oil market.

Importance/Advantages of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil - Its Renewable Nature

  • The main advantage of biofuels, such as HVO, is that they are renewable, and their fuel imposes less threat to the environment than fossil fuels. A large amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) is associated with the usage of fossil fuels, which is one of the major contributors to global warming.
  • Fossil fuels discharge greenhouse gases and a substantial volume of pollutants into the air, contributing to air pollution that negatively impacts human health. However, using HVO fuels instead of fossil diesel produces up to 90% less CO2.
  • Low-carbon energy sources are in high demand, but most come with a large capital expense. Using HVO fuel is a great way to address this issue, as it allows businesses to cut their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions significantly without investing appreciably in production facilities. Additionally, HVO can replace diesel, enabling many firms to use their present infrastructure and assets.
  • HVO is used in several industries, such as transportation, aviation, and construction. HVO renewable diesel is also suitable for use in agriculture, particularly in tractors and other diesel-powered equipment. This also applies to machinery and equipment used in construction, even though the fuel can be used in portable generators and commercial boilers.

Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil Market

The HVO market is projected to grow from $19.4 billion in 2022 to $46.5 billion in 2028 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.0% during the forecast period.

Major Industries Using HVO

  • Automotive - HVO is one of the sustainable options for traditional fuels. Its compatibility with existing diesel engines makes it a seamless and cost-effective solution for fleets, buses, and personal vehicles. HVO demand in the automobile industry is growing due to its ability to lower carbon emissions. A combination of HVOs produces very few pollutants, unlike conventional diesel, which produces nitrogen oxides (NOx).
  • Aviation - The aviation sector is presently investigating substitute fuels to lessen its ecological footprint. HVO is a significant substitute for traditional aviation fuels, providing a solution to reduce emissions in the aviation industry. HVO is compatible with current aircraft engines and can lower the new infrastructure or upgrade costs.
  • Industrial - HVO has found uses in several industrial areas, including manufacturing, construction, and power generation. HVO is a clean, effective fuel used in manufacturing for boilers and heating purposes. It is the perfect option for industrial processes that need a steady and dependable energy source. By utilizing HVO in off-road equipment, the construction industry can lower emissions on job sites.
  • Others - The other end-use sectors include marine, rail, mining, etc. HVO is a feasible choice for maritime transportation as an environmentally friendly option to conventional marine fuels. Utilizing HVO in haul trucks, excavators, and other heavy-duty equipment can help lower air pollution and carbon emissions.

Future Market Trends and Key Drivers for HVO Market

BCC Research’s latest report on 'Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil Market' predicts that this market will reach $46.5 billion by the end of 2028 with the expected CAGR of 16.0% from 2023 through 2028. Growing environmental concerns, along with increasing demand for biofuels and sustainability goals are the leading key drivers of this HOV market's growth. HVO is a renewable biofuel, and its demand will definitely increase in the future. Overall, the hydrotreated vegetable oil market looks promising for the future.


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    Heena Singh

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    Heena Singh is a Senior Executive Email Marketer at BCC Research, with a master’s degree in computer applications. She specializes in content creation and data analytics.

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