More than half of Kirkland’s public vehicles now use biodiesel

By Kevin Woodhouse

The city of Kirkland announced last week that more than half of its fleet of public vehicles are now powered by biodiesel. The town will be employing two forms of the alternative fuel powered by recycled cooking oil and animal fat.

The move is part of the city’s three year sustainable development plan. Five years ago, the city purchased an electric vehicle.

“Using biodiesel will contribute to reducing the town’s carbon emissions by approximately 15,000 kg per year,” noted Mayor Michel Gibson.

Gibson also explained that the new fleet, adorned with ‘Fueled with Biodiesel’ bumper stickers, will not affect taxpayers’ since the vehicles “had not required any particular modification to the vehicles and caused no increase in the cost of fuel, which makes this project even more interesting and environmentally profitable.”
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