Contractors working on the £60 million North Devon Link Road upgrade are using a more environmentally friendly fuel as part of a series of measures to cut carbon emissions.

HVO fuel (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) produces 90% less CO2 than regular diesel, and is made using waste vegetable oil or fats and hydrogen, rather than methanol.

Griffiths, the company carrying out work on the link road, is one of the first companies to adopt HVO fuel, in line with their aim to roll out HVO to 50% of their sites by the end of this year.

Work on the link road was halted earlier this year to accommodate dormice, who were hibernating on nearby land. Now that the dormice are emerging from hibernation, work on the road can continue.

How is this helping Devon reach net-zero?

10.8 Goal: All remaining vehicles are electric, or are large vehicles such as HGVs which run on alternative low carbon fuels.