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New Brunswick trial testing biodiesel

The government of New Brunswick’s central vehicle agency is conducting a $215 000 biodiesel trial that will include the construction and operation of a biodiesel dispensing facility in the community of Woodstock.

The project is part of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the province.

“We made the commitment to research biodiesel with a view to requiring a minimum average of five per cent ethanol in gasoline and five per cent biodiesel in diesel fuel sold for vehicle or heating fuel use in New Brunswick,” environment minister Roland Haché said.

“Investments such as this will ensure that New Brunswick continues to be a promoter of environmental sustainability, which we must achieve to remain positioned to be self-sufficient by 2026.”

The Department of Transportation will be undertaking a project using biodiesel in 12 vehicles, including school buses, snow ploughs and other vehicles. The department will closely monitor the project to determine the serviceability of a five per cent blend of biodiesel in the New Brunswick climate.

Based on this project, it is estimated that the use of biodiesel for all the agency’s diesel vehicles could result in an annual reduction of 2,000 tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions.

“This project is consistent with my department’s green vehicle policy,” said transportation minister Denis Landry. “We wish to lead by example in reducing transportation emissions. We have a responsibility to future generations to be protecting our environment, including the air that we all share.”

Clark Oil of Woodstock, and Eastern Greenway Fuels of Waterville, will be providing the fuel for the project.

The province launched the five-year action plan in June 2007. As a result of New Brunswick-led initiatives in the plan, greenhouse-gas emissions will be reduced in the province by 5.5 megatonnes annually in 2012.

With the addition of federal initiatives, the plan will result in a reduction of New Brunswick’s greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels in 2012. The achievement of these reductions will position New Brunswick to realize further reductions of 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.

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