US Airport Buses to Be Converted to Biodiesel

President Obama said a few days ago that the United States are committed to becoming energy independent. The president also said that the first step of achieving this goal was by promoting the production and use of biofuels.

It seems that the United States is ready to take important steps towards using biofuels, as Enterprise Holdings announced its plans to begin the use of at least 5 percent biodiesel (B5) for its entire fleet of more than 600 Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental airport shuttle buses across North America

The company will also convert buses in nine markets to 20 percent biodiesel (B20). The company wants to convert its entire bus fleet to B20 over the next five years.

"This investment in biodiesel follows our commitment to our customers and our business to use our fleet to help grow the clean fuel market. By embracing alternative fuels and engine technologies, they have a greater opportunity to become commercially viable," said Lee Broughton, director of corporate identity and sustainability for Enterprise Holdings. "Biodiesel's benefits to the environment support our commitment to environmental stewardship, as well as our sustainable approach to managing our business for long-term success."

The environmental improvements associated with the company's switch to biodiesel for airport shuttles include:
  • A reduction in carbon emissions in the first year equivalent to retiring 40 buses from the company's fleet;
  • Reducing the company's petroleum use by approximately 420,000 gallons in the first year its buses run on biodiesel;
  • Reducing the emission of particulate matter, which has been shown to be a human health hazard;
  • Reducing the emission of hydrocarbons, which contribute to the localized formation of smog.
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