On-road project verifies carbon reduction

By | September 16, 2008
Soon, freight carriers will be able to quantitatively demonstrate their emissions savings when using biodiesel fuel. The National Biodiesel Board has teamed-up on an over-the-road pilot with Chicago-based Indigenous Energy LLC, developers of emissions tracking systems, and Los Angeles-based States Logistics, a fleet and logistics company using clean technology. The six-month pilot will culminate in a report quantifying States Logistics' emissions and carbon dioxide reduction from biodiesel use. So far, results for May and June showed a 16.5-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

"Many of our customers on the West Coast and other areas of the country are looking to reduce their carbon footprint and emissions," said Ryan Donovan, States Logistics' vice president of operations and business development. "Since we use biodiesel in all of our trucks, our customers already have an advantage. The type of measurement and easy-to-understand reporting from Indigenous Energy will help us provide detailed information that our customers can show to their customers."

The pilot program takes into account several areas to measure carbon, including vehicle type, distance traveled, number of gallons used, percentage of biodiesel used and biodiesel feedstock. The end result is a report on total carbon dioxide emitted from both the petroleum diesel and biodiesel, carbon dioxide reduction from using biodiesel and the quantifiable cost to offset petroleum carbon dioxide. The results will be presented at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March.

Eventually, these figures may be used to sell carbon offsets, but today they can be used to show States Logistics' customers and others how they are contributing to carbon dioxide reductions. By providing this information to customers, they can see the transparency and understand why States Logistics uses biodiesel.

"When we announced the BioTrucker Fuel Card, we thought about next steps for providing value to card holders," said Tom Verry, NBB's director of outreach and development. "This (carbon dioxide) reduction reporting could become a value-add report for fleets to use as a publicity tool for their customers."
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