Herm Island to accelerate decarbonisation by adopting renewables

Herm Island has recently partnered with leading fuel supplier Rubis Channel Islands to make the switch to 100% renewable fuel and energy efficient technologies for the island’s vehicles, homes, and businesses.

As part of ongoing initiatives to improve Herm’s carbon footprint, the island commissioned a trial to
run the ‘Isle of Herm’ ferry service exclusively on Rubis 100% Renewable Diesel RD100 in 2021. It was
the first and only ferry service in the Channel Islands to use renewable fuel and, after a successful trial,
both parties have now entered a partnership with the ambition to reduce the island’s environmental
impact and absolute greenhouse gas emissions.

Herm Island’s Services Manager, James Hastings, said, “This exciting partnership with Rubis
demonstrates our enthusiasm for taking steps towards aiding the energy transition for our island. We
are working with Rubis to deliver solutions using multiple energy sources. From renewable fuels for
vehicles and homes, to solar power and energy efficient technologies, we’re committed to help
improve the environment as climate goals need a broad range of sustainable fuels and products.”

Nick Crolla, Head of Sales & Marketing, Rubis Channel Islands added, “Herm is a unique destination
and leisure services provider to both the local and visiting public. The island’s leaseholder, John and
Julia Singer are wonderful custodians and have a passion to preserve, protect, enhance, and share all
that the Island has to offer. The partnership was conceived after both parties recognised that we have
a very strong alignment, on local community focused and environmental strategies. Aware of the
necessity of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, we intend to support this energy transition by
continuing to implement sustainable solutions for the Island.”

Rubis is leading the hydrocarbon transition in the Channel Islands, supporting the governments and
community in their aim for carbon neutrality. At a local level, 100% renewable fuel can improve air
quality, with a significant reduction in smoke, particulates, NOx, and carbon monoxide. Then at a
global level the carbon emissions during the lifecycle of the fuel are reduced by up to 90%, because
the carbon being released in the atmosphere is offset by the carbon absorbed by plants in the
production of the fuel, creating a virtuous global carbon cycle. Rubis 100% Renewable Diesel RD100
has been available in the Channel Islands since 2019, and Rubis is also the first distributor in Europe
to provide 100% renewable heating oil (EcoHeat100) for oil-heated homes and businesses.

One of the key goals of the partnership is to supply Herm Island with renewable technologies and
together, both parties have conducted a full survey to agree on a work plan for all heating and fuel
systems on the estate. The next stage is to upgrade the island’s infrastructure incorporating on-island
generation using solar PV, working towards Herm becoming the first carbon neutral island in the
British Isles.