VIVESCIA goes green with oleo100, saipol’s 100% rapeseed fuel

Article written on 15 January 2021

Committed for many years to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, the VIVESCIA cooperative group has been testing since January 2021 within its subsidiary VIVESCIA Transport the Oleo100 fuel - the first 100% French rapeseed “B100” - launched by Saipol, a subsidiary of the AVRIL Group specialising in oilseed processing.

Launched two years ago by Saipol, this renewable energy is the first to come from French agriculture and offers its users the possibility of decarbonising France’s roads a little more each day. In fact, the use of Oleo100 reduces CO2 emissions by 60% and fine particle emissions by up to 80% while remaining 100% biodegradable and renewable.

Its characteristics are fully in line with the sustainability approach adopted by the VIVESCIA Group. Moreover, it will not only be a renewable energy, but also locally produced. There are three Oleo100 fuel production sites in France and VIVESCIA will rely on the Mériot site (Aube), in the heart of its Cooperative’s territory and in the immediate vicinity of its VIVESCIA Transport agency based in Bologne (Haute-Marne). This geographical proximity will allow for “from field to wheel” direct distribution.

Initially, VIVESCIA Transport will test Oleo100 on its new vehicles bought from Renault Trucks, Saipol’s partner in a joint commercial offer.

About the VIVESCIA Group

VIVESCIA is an international agricultural and agri-food cooperative group with a turnover of €3.2 billion at 30 June 2020 and 7,000 employees in 24 countries. Specialised in the cultivation and promotion of cereals, VIVESCIA is owned by 10,500 farmer-entrepreneurs in the North-East of France. VIVESCIA is committed to taking care of the grain, from field to plate. 3.3 million tonnes of cereals are collected each year by the Cooperative. 1.8 billion pastries are made by our Group and 1 in 10 beers in the world is produced with our malt. Our Francine flour is found in the kitchen of nearly one in three French households. Every day, thousands of consumers have savoury, sweet and gourmet breaks in France with Campaillette’s craft bakers, and around the world in the 250 restaurants of our Délifrance brand.

About Oleo100

Launched in 2018 at the initiative of the Avril Group and produced by its subsidiary Saipol, Oleo100 is an energy derived from French rapeseed and intended for captive fleets of heavy goods vehicles. With performance similar to fossil diesel at a competitive cost, the adoption of Oleo100 is particularly simple and cost effective for captive fleet operators wishing to implement their energy transition in a quick and concrete way, thanks to a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

About Saipol

A subsidiary of the Avril group, Saipol is a European leader in the processing of oilseeds (rapeseed, sunflower). Saipol develops value-added solutions for its customers and the most demanding citizens by marketing vegetable oils and derivatives, protein-rich meals and low-carbon renewable energies. The brands developed by Saipol include:

  • Oleo100, a renewable energy made from 100% French rapeseed, is marketed to road hauliers, local authorities and companies, reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of their captive fleets by up to 60%;
  • OleoZE, the solution that promotes the development of sustainable agricultural practices through the purchase of seeds from conservation agriculture and with low carbon footprint from collecting organisations and farmers;
  • Feedmarket, the digital marketplace for farmers and feed manufacturers to purchase protein-rich meal;
  • Diester®, the Made in France biodiesel incorporated at a rate of 7 to 8% in the diesel fuel of all diesel vehicles in France.