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SNCF Voyageurs test HVO fuel with Bolloré Energy on a regional train line in Burgundy-Franche-Comté

Puteaux. 05 June 2023

On 2 March 2023, SNCF Voyageurs awarded Bolloré Energy the contract to supply HVO to regional trains on the Besançon-La Chaux de Fonds line during a three-month test phase.

This biofuel, marketed under the IZIPURE brand, consists of used cooking oil and represents an environmentally-friendly alternative to fossil diesel. Bolloré Energy is committed to supplying the Besançon site, equipped with two storage tanks, to enable the regional trains (TER network) to run from Besançon to La Chaux des Fonds (Switzerland). This test phase required 200m3 of IZIPURE. Deliveries will be made with HVO IZIPURE-powered trucks. 

This line was chosen to test this new solution at a time when the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region wants the SNCF Voyageurs operator to decarbonise its rail transport - equipment running on fossil diesel representing 44% of the regional fleet. With the previous local tests of the B100 fuel (made from rapeseed oil), and, more broadly, the current work on hydrogen, this new trial is contributing to the same objective: finding solutions for lines that are not electrified, moving away from fossil fuels and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

As part of its sustainable development policy, the SNCF Group is committed to significantly reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. To continue reducing its carbon footprint, SNCF Voyageurs is constantly taking action and innovating thanks to the various practices and tests currently being carried out throughout France.

Each region is unique. That is why SNCF Voyageurs is adapting to implement the right energy, in the right place. In Burgundy-Franche-Comté, the trial of Bolloré Energy's alternative fuel, IZIPURE, is part of a major programme dedicated to reduce CO2 emissions for the TER network. By choosing IZIPURE, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by up to 90% compared with conventional diesel.

Florian Mohand

Director of Energy Transition of Bolloré Energy

Bolloré Energy is proud to be able to support the SNCF group in its ambition to decarbonise the railway sector. Thanks to our low-carbon fuel solution, IZIPURE, we are enabling transport professionals to reduce their carbon footprint immediately. We are convinced that biofuels will play a major role in the energy transition. This is why we are honoured to have been supporting SNCF Voyageurs in their energy transition for the past three months.

Jean-Luc David

Regional Fleet Manager

The objective for the Burgundy-Franche-Comté regional line is to test the compatibility of this solution with the railway equipment running on this line, bearing in mind that one of the advantages of this innovation is that it does not require any changes to our train engines, nor any changes to the way in which the staff responsible for refuelling operate.

Press contacts:

Léa Lhotellerie, Bolloré Energy Press Officer
T +33 1 46 96 41 21 / +33 6 45 20 25 55 – lea.lhotellerie(at)bollore.com

SNCF Voyageurs

Nabil Djaafer, Director of External Relations and Communication
T+33 6 09 30 55 12 – nabil.djaafer(at)sncf.fr

Chloé Roche, Press Officer
T +33 6 13 14 48 73 – chloe.roche(at)sncf.fr