Altens: alternative fuels set up shop in La Rochelle

Limiting greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector is no longer a sweet dream. Thanks to the innovation of Altens, a subsidiary developed by the Enens Group, a new range of fuels is born. In the long run, these enable the impact of transport emissions on the environment to be changed in the long term. HGV transport accounts for 6% of total CO2 emissions in Europe, and 25% pure road transport. Businesses, but also cities, are aware of the situation. They then begin to take steps to reduce this impact. At a time when the energy transition is on everyone’s lips, and when the protection of the planet is an essential issue… Everything has to be done, and to be adopted to take a step in this direction.

The development of Altens, a “tailor-made” alternative fuel solution

In this process, the European Union has taken into account a series of standards. Standards to reduce THE CO2 emissions of HGVs by 30% by 2030. For their part, cities, concerned about the quality of their air, define areas of restricted circulation, where GHG emissions will be lower. Today, this affects 15 metropolises, but this figure could quickly change upwards. Faced with this situation revealing a trend that is intended to be sustainable, Altens offers a range of alternative fuels to companies. Green fuels that are more efficient and accessible quickly for carriers. This company provides advice to companies in choosing the most suitable fuel for their needs… To sustainably reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, Altens is committed to providing its customers with a refuelling station and a supply with the chosen fuel.

The ambition sought by Altens is thus to propose solutions for “decarbonised transport”. Bespoke transportation to meet the needs of businesses. To differentiate itself, it offers, in particular, a local supply, in short channels for the production and logistics of biofuels. Thus, the production of these renewable fuels reduces greenhouse gas emissions. A decrease from 55% to 90%, which is not insignificant. In addition, for companies, this helps to reduce the energy expenditure related to fuels… While helping them to be part of a CSR approach. It is a way to promote branding, and to attract new customers, who also recognize themselves in these ecological values. Finally, one of the advantages of these alternative fuels is their safety aspect. They are not biotoxic, and thus have a neutral impact on the environment.

Innovative fuels, designed with natural products

To make its alternative fuels, Altens relies on the use of greener ingredients. Among the offers it offers, an agrofuel made from non-fossil organic materials, derived from biomass. Other fuels are also produced from used food oils or retired industrial oils, which encourages waste recycling… Both within French households and in companies. Closer to home, another fuel is made from wineresidues, made up of 95% bioethanol and 5% non-oil additives. Vegetable oils and hydro-processed fats are also part of the offer, adapting in particular to all types of diesel-powered vehicles. This type of fuel could even eventually be applied to personal vehicles, thus minimizing air pollution.

Alternative laboratory fuel
Thanks to biofuels designed by Altens, vehicles emit less greenhouse gases.

For the transport sector, which has a significant impact on CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions, the alternative fuels proposed by Altens are good news. Innovation makes a positive impact on the state of the planet, and responds to the commitments of the European Union. These fuels will then be available throughout France, with four depots spread throughout the country. An ecological and promising first step in favour of mobility.


Press release – Edissio – ALTENS, the first supplier of a range of alternative fuels, is installed in La Rochelle – 22 October 2020
APPA Asso – Summary of the Datalab report “Key Transport Figures 2020” – 3 April 2020

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