BARNSLEY Council is trialling using vegetable oil-derived fuels in some of its commercial vehicles over the next three months.

The authority confirmed it will use hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) – a biofuel made from oils such as rapeseed, sunflower or palm, as well as animal fats – in certain vehicles.

HVO is a direct replacement for diesel fuel which the authority said helps reduce carbon emissions by 90 per cent.

“We want to protect Barnsley for future generations and help the environment,” said a spokesperson.

“A key part of this is reducing carbon emissions to help limit effects of climate change.”