EECA congratulates Queenstown for biodiesel initiative
8 March 2010
EECA congratulates Queenstown for biodiesel initiative.
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority has today congratulated Queenstown on launching New Zealand’s first public biodiesel consortium and refuelling facility.
“It’s very apt that Queenstown, which is well-known internationally as an attraction for tourists looking for a clean green experience, should be the first in the country to provide a renewable fuel blend for local businesses such as tourism operators,” EECA chief executive Mike Underhill said.
EECA administers the government’s Biodiesel Grants Scheme, which aims to kickstart the biodiesel industry in New Zealand.
“Thanks to the grants, biodiesel blends can compete with ordinary diesel on price,” Mike Underhill said.
“Using biodiesel-blended fuel offers businesses a marketing advantage, particularly in the tourist sector, where visitors are sensitive to environmentally friendly products and services.
“New Zealand-made biodiesel blends also help our local economy, create jobs, and provide a buffer against rising international fuel prices.
“The biodiesel supplied by Biodiesel New Zealand is made from used cooking oil collected from around the South Island, and therefore makes use of a local waste product.”
New Zealanders can be confident that biofuels available in New Zealand are from sustainable sources, Mr Underhill said.
Those who wish to understand more about the production and environmental impact of biofuels available in New Zealand can now check out sustainability information provided by EECA at www.eeca.govt.nz/biofuels
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