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TNT, one of the world’s leading express companies, has launched a pilot project in India to use biodiesel in its delivery vehicles.

Three trucks will participate in the year-long project between Pune, Nasik and Bangalore, covering a total distance of 45,000 kilometers (28,000 miles) per month. The biodiesel blends will be gradually increased starting from 5% to permissible levels in steps of 5%, under the supervision of mechanics and technical experts. TNT is currently at a 10% blend.

Jatropha and pongamia are the targeted feedstocks for the trial.

Routes and driving times are optimized to further reduce carbon emissions, which are projected to be some 337 tons annually. If the project proves efficient, TNT intends to expand it within its Indian fleet of vehicles.

Environmental quality is a priority for TNT. More efficient and eco-friendly vehicles can help reduce the environmental impact of TNT’s fleet. We are also pleased to contribute to the Indian government’s bio fuel policy.

—Peter Bakker, Chief Executive Officer of TNT

TNT’s biodiesel pilot project in India is part of the company’s global “Driving Clean” initiative to improve its environmental performance. Some other elements of the initiative include:

  • Skipping Euro-4 and moving directly to purchasing Euro-5 compliant heavy-duty trucks. In 2006, the company purchased 165 new Euro 5-compliant trucks for TNT Post Transport in the Netherlands. Euro 5 will be compulsory in November 2009. For smaller vehicles, for which the Euro-5 standard has not yet been established, TNT is purchasing Euro-4 compliant vehicles with built-in particulate filters.

  • Biodiesel pilot in Amsterdam with 53 vehicles.

  • Hybrid vehicle trials in Australia.

  • Compressed natural gas vehicles in Berlin.

  • Electric truck rollout in London (earlier post).

Working with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), TNT is developing a tool and strategy that will allow fleet managers to generate action plans for improving the environmental performance of their fleets.

The company began a pilot in Turkey in November 2006 in which two hybrid vehicles are being tested for six months on purchasing costs, fuel costs and emission rates. In addition, five diesel vehicles fitted with particulate filters will be purchased and subjected to the same tests. Future fleet composition will be based on the results of these tests.



Iam intrest with Bio diesel projects.Iam in India.How to will participate or joint with you ?


Go for it India - you guys are awesome! Great job taking the lead on this. Hopefully one day we'll all be less dependent on oil.


N. Praaharan,

Do you not understand that this is a news site that is reporting news.
I don't know why you are asking this question here. I have seen this
kind of question asked over and over when ever there is an article
regarding India and Biodiesel. Do you also write letters to Indian
Newspapers when they report on Biodiesel programs. Then why
do you think you can do this here.


Hello sir
this news is an exciting news we are hearing and seeing the local trains are experinced with Jatropha oil and OPongamia oil. we are developing Jatropha plantations and promoting awareness .Since our farmers are now ready to transform climate change with their green-field projects
we support and we develop
we have a great safe clean air future
Thanks for giving me this space


Indian Railways are already using jatropha blended with diesel may be for the last 3 years.In the meantime, i came to know from a website that Houston in USA is banning bio-diesel claiming it is not as eco-friendly as it is made out to be. I would be happy if anyone can clarify on this.

It is like the medical people refuting a claim for a cure done by their own fraternity previously.

shankar mallipatna


It is basically NOX, which causes smog. Since India has such lower standard than US, it should not matter for now.

Van der Mei

Reducing the Co2 emissions and energy dependancy is key to sustainable mobility. The opportunities for India in this regard are enourmous considering its natural resources as well as its high quality researchers and institutes. As with all new developments; innovations requires development, testing, piloting and controlled roll-out. Political commitment is of key importance. The Indian national and federal government can facilitate projects, set regulatory frameworks, and stimlate industry with clear and unchanged targets for biofuels. All regards to TNT and its team in India for spearheading these developments.

A. van der Mei, Duinn, Holland.


i am environmental engineer, i have done work in biodiesel during my thesis.i am searching the job related to the biodiesel, i want to join the project related to the biodiesel in india.
thank you.


hello sir,
i m final year mechanical engineering student. i want to do a project regarding "biodiesel automobile". could i get any guidelines/support from you, about this project?

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