Safeway announces biodiesel use throughout fleet

By | February 11, 2008
One of the nation's largest food and drug retailers is now fueling its entire U.S. truck fleet with cleaner-burning biodiesel. Safeway Inc. made the announcement recently as part of the company's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Initiative. The company will use B20, a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent diesel, in its fleet of more than 1,000 trucks.

"We commend Safeway for showing leadership in true corporate sustainability," says Joe Jobe, chief executive officer of the National Biodiesel Board. "The company is also reducing its dependence on foreign oil and helping to stimulate a domestic energy economy. We encourage other large retailers to follow this example."

Safeway has been recognized for its dedication to using solar power, alternative fuels and construction strategies in conjunction with education to reduce carbon emissions. It also sells biodiesel at the pump at some of its stores.

Safeway made the announcement with environmental and community leaders in major cities throughout the United States. In Washington, D.C., members of Congress, the U.S. EPA and representatives joined Safeway officials at a local Safeway store. The fleet-wide move to B20 is expected to reduce the company's carbon dioxide emissions by 75 million pounds annually, the equivalent of taking nearly 7,500 passenger vehicles off the road each year.

"Safeway is proud to lead by example to help protect the environment," says Steve Burd, Safeway chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Using biodiesel to power our transportation fleet will prevent millions of pounds of carbon emissions from being released into the environment. Our biodiesel program is just one of many initiatives underway that will make a positive impact on the environment."

In 2006 Safeway joined the Chicago Climate Exchange, the world's first voluntary, legally binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction, registry and trading program. The membership commits Safeway to reduce its carbon footprint from the base year 2000 by 390,000 tons of carbon dioxide. The company also joined the California Climate Action Registry, California's only official registry for greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects.

In addition, the company is participating in the U.S. EPA's SmartWay Transportation Partnership, which commits Safeway to establishing a baseline fuel efficiency for its fleet and implementing a plan to decrease carbon emissions. Those efficiencies, which include purchasing trailers with large capacity, have saved more than 6.5 million gallons of diesel fuel and decreased carbon emissions by 73,000 tons annually. Safeway is also part of EPA's Grow & Go Partners, which promotes the benefits of renewable fuels.
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