By Maria Church
Aug. 22, 2018 - The City of Vancouver has signed a contract with Suncor to transition all its city vehicles to 100 per cent renewable diesel. The city claims the move will reduce its vehicle emissions to 50 per cent below 2007 levels by the end of 2019.
“This new contract concretely demonstrates our commitment to greening our operations and deriving 100 per cent of our energy from renewable sources,” Jerry Dobrovolny, general manager of engineering services, said in a news release. “This shift in fuel, in conjunction with the ways we are optimizing and electrifying our fleet, proves that we are walking the talk and finding innovative ways to respond to climate change and its devastating impacts.”
The move will mean transitioning the city vehicles from their current five per cent biodiesel mix to 100 per cent renewable diesel. The city defines the renewable diesel as fuel that can be produced from waste organic feedstock, however, is refined into an end product that is certified to the same standard as petroleum diesel.
As well eight per cent of the fuel use will be compressed natural gas (CNG). The city has a natural gas compression station that allows for some vehicles to fuelled by 100 per cent CNG.
Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan aims to reduce city operation emissions by 50 per cent over 2007 levels by 2030. With 100 per cent renewable fuel in the city’s diesel fleet, the target will be met by end of next year.