Private Fleet to Deliver With 100% Biodiesel

Motorists will soon notice an aroma of French fries on northern California’s highways.

Ft. Bragg, California – October 2, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] It won’t be coming from a roadside fast food chain, but from Thanksgiving Coffee Company’s delivery trucks. The fleet will be running on biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil that greatly reduces harmful emissions. Thanksgiving Coffee is a coffee roaster that has taken a big step in further reducing the impacts its operations have on the planet. The company applied for and was granted funds under California’s Transportation Fund for Clean Air to offset the difference in cost in fueling its fleet with biodiesel rather than petroleum diesel. These resources are allotted to county Air Quality Management Districts by the State Department of Motor Vehicles in order to finance projects that reduce emissions within those districts. Though more than 200 public and government agencies currently use biodiesel, Thanksgiving Coffee is the first private fleet in the state of California to use B100-pure biodiesel- in its delivery operations, and joins only a handful of private fleets nationwide using the fuel. Many biofuels are blends of biodiesel and petroleum diesel. Biodiesel is made from renewable resources like new or used vegetable oils or animal fats. It is non-toxic, biodegradable, and can be used in any diesel engine. Harmful carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 80 percent, and carbon monoxide emissions are an average 44 percent lower than those of petroleum diesel. When using pure biodiesel, the cancer risk of diesel exhaust is reduced by 90 percent, and the smog-forming potential is nearly 50 percent less than petroleum diesel. Yokayo Biofuels, located in Ukiah, will make regular deliveries of biodiesel to the Thanksgiving Coffee facilities in Ft. Bragg, where the trucks will fuel up before departing for their delivery routes. A network of biodiesel fueling stations in northern California will provide the fleet with the fuel on the road, though it can be blended with regular petroleum diesel if biodiesel is not available. Thanksgiving Coffee Company strives to mitigate the environmental impacts their business has on the planet, and this is not the first time they have taken measures to offset greenhouse gases. In 2001, they financed an assessment by the non-profit Trees for the Future to determine carbon emissions produced in the processing, delivery, and consumption of Thanksgiving Coffee, and is planting about 75,000 trees in Ethiopia-the birthplace of coffee-to alleviate those effects

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