SITA turns to biodiesel to keep truck fleet clean

Waste management firm SITA Environmental Solutions turns to soy biodiesel to reduce truck emissions

April 5, 2011

Waste management firm SITA Environmental Solutions has expanded the use of soy biodiesel in its fleet of trucks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The company has installed a 26,500 litre tank at its Hume service centre in Canberra to fuel its 21 collection vehicles and four light vehicles with soy biodiesel B20, a naturally-derived diesel substitute.

The move follows SITA’s decision in January this year to introduce the fuel blend at its Campbelltown service centre in Sydney.

SITA estimates that the introduction of soy biodiesel at the Hume facility will reduce emissions by 270 tonnes annually, the same as taking 65 cars of Canberra's roads each year.

ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has praised the company for its actions in helping to reduce the territory’s carbon footprint.

"One of the ACT Government's main targets in creating a cleaner Canberra is reducing transport-related greenhouse gas emissions and I am pleased to see SITA helping us achieve this aim," Stanhope says.

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