Wal-Mart considers fleet program, while Winnipeg implements one

By | March 09, 2009
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently announced it's looking into the use of biodiesel for its fleets. The company will test the use of two different kinds of commercial hybrid trucks and two kinds of alternatively fueled trucks in an effort to develop a more sustainable trucking fleet. As part of this testing, 15 trucks at the company's distribution facility in Buckeye, Ariz., will be converted to run on a fuel that has been trademarked Reclaimed Grease Fuel, which is manufactured from waste brown grease obtained from Wal-Mart stores. The remaining trucks at the Buckeye distribution center will operate on a B20 blend of biodiesel made from reclaimed yellow grease.

Various cities in Canada have begun using biodiesel in their fleets. Six city-based showcase programs have been implemented with the purpose of demonstrating innovative approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Most recently, Minister of State Steven Fletcher announced the opening of a new WinSmart biodiesel fueling station in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The station will supply Winnipeg's municipal fleet with B10. The Canadian government, the province of Manitoba and the city of Winnipeg invested in the project.

Winnipeg's WinSmart showcase is designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions along the most heavily trafficked areas of the city. The showcase includes 10 initiatives, one of which is the construction of the WinSmart biodiesel fueling station.
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