Universal Studios announces expansion of biodiesel use

By | March 17, 2008
Florida is a natural paradise for birds, animals and people, with more than 70 million annual visitors and 17 million residents. Many companies and government fleets have turned to biodiesel to help them protect the state's delicate ecosystem and keep it healthy for future generations. The National Biodiesel Board recognized NASA, Florida Power & Light and Universal Studios as leaders in biodiesel use and education at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Fla., in early February.

Universal Studios announced that biodiesel will be used in its resort water taxis as well as the 50-plus ground-based vehicles already running on a B20 blend. The Orlando theme park has adopted biodiesel to lower diesel pollutants, such as particulate matter and carbon monoxide. The smell and black smoke typically emitted from diesel vehicles will be greatly reduced as Universal Studios pumps B20 into all of its diesel-powered vehicles, including the JAWS ride boats. The results are an improved guest experience and an estimated reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 158 tons per year.

"We care about the environment and we want to do the right thing," said David Winslow, NBC Universal's senior director of engineering and environmental sustainability technical services. "The use of biodiesel reduces our engine exhaust emissions and overall carbon footprint. Our biodiesel fuel program affects what our guests see and experience. All of this makes a positive difference."

Florida is considered a prominent biodiesel state. At the annual awards presentation held during the conference, the NBB recognized NASA and Florida Power & Light for their leadership as biodiesel champions. Other high-profile users include Walt Disney World and Orlando International Airport. The state is also home to two biodiesel processing plants. Agri-Source Fuels operates a 30 MMgy capacity plant in Dade City and Purada Processing LLC operates an 18 MMgy plant in Lakeland.
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