From Fidel Castro to to The Economist magazine there’s a broad consensus that biofuels are a terrible thing, consuming food from the global market in exchange for a small green fuzzy, and perhaps a stealthy agriculture subsidy.
So of course here in Canberra that’s a bandwagon we’re keen to jump on.
Chief Minister Stanhope has announced SITA Environmental Solutions (the garbage truck contractor) is going to be burning soy.
SITA has announced that its Hume Service Centre has been installed with a 26,500 litre tank that will provide its fleet of 21 collection vehicles and four light vehicles with premium quality soybiodiesel B20, a naturally-derived diesel substitute.
This follows on from the introduction of soybiodiesel at its Campbelltown Service Centre in Sydney in January which provides fuel to 21 recycling and general waste collection vehicles.
SITA estimates that the use of the soybiodiesel at the Hume will see an annual reduction of 270 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions, the same as taking 65 cars of Canberra’s roads each year…
“Through these kinds of initiatives, the Government is leading the way in helping the ACT’s transport network become as clean and sustainable as possible,” Mr Stanhope said.