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Babies starved to make Canberra more sustainable

By johnboy - 5 April 2011 9

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.

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Babies starved to make Canberra more sustainable
Pommy bastard 2:42 pm 06 Apr 11

arescarti42 said :

Hmmm, biodiesel made from waste vegetable oil makes the vehicle exhaust smell like fried food. I wonder what burning soybiodiesel smells like.

Vegetarians farts.

astrojax 2:08 pm 06 Apr 11

harvyk1 said :

As Action once pointed out in one of their ad’s, 60 people can equal 60 cars, or 60 people can equal one bus…

surely even averaging 25 people per bus must make it cheaper to get those people there than in 20 cars… hands up, who’s for better buses??

harvyk1 8:30 am 06 Apr 11

Well done… a whole 65 cars, there must be some major celebrations going on… time to get out the really expensive champagne to celebrate that one… (rolls eyes)…

If they where serious about reducing CO2 emissions, they would put in a decent public transport service in canberra (and not just for the inner north \ inner south) that made owning a car pointless because it would be easier and quicker to take public transport. (and no, simply closing down carparks doesn’t count)…

As Action once pointed out in one of their ad’s, 60 people can equal 60 cars, or 60 people can equal one bus…

jsm2090 3:40 pm 05 Apr 11

georgesgenitals said :

Given the fuel is called B20, does this mean that like it’s cousins E10 and E85, that the number is the percentage of of fuel alternate mixed in? Is this stuff really 20% biodiesel 80% diesel?

If so, sounds like a complete wank.

My understanding is that this means 80% of the fuel is still petrodiesel. They probably can’t be bothered to adapt the trucks to run on B100.

From what I have read, soy is one of the lowest yielding crops for fuel, when you look at the inputs required/outputs gained. Until we introduce tough emmisions standards for commercial vehicles like the EU has done, there is no incentive to make these vehicles cleaner, or produce the infrastructure for biodiesel/electric/fuel cell cars.

georgesgenitals 12:57 pm 05 Apr 11

Given the fuel is called B20, does this mean that like it’s cousins E10 and E85, that the number is the percentage of of fuel alternate mixed in? Is this stuff really 20% biodiesel 80% diesel?

If so, sounds like a complete wank.

astrojax 12:35 pm 05 Apr 11

while it may not be a fossil fuel, will biodiesel still emit particulates as a by-product of its producing energy? what’s in these (apart from tantalising ethnic cuisine aromas)??

ohpiem 12:27 pm 05 Apr 11

Will it be from GM soy?

KB1971 12:22 pm 05 Apr 11

arescarti42 said :

Hmmm, biodiesel made from waste vegetable oil makes the vehicle exhaust smell like fried food. I wonder what burning soybiodiesel smells like.

Beef in blackbean sauce?

arescarti42 9:51 am 05 Apr 11

Hmmm, biodiesel made from waste vegetable oil makes the vehicle exhaust smell like fried food. I wonder what burning soybiodiesel smells like.

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