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NYOHA, Society of Fleet Supervisors Talk Biodiesel

- 3:48 pm - April 22nd, 2016

New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides briefed the Society of Fleet Supervisors this week on the City’s use of biodiesel in fleets and buildings.

During a meeting hosted jointly with the New York Oil Heating Association (NYOHA), the Council Member delivered an overview of the city’s biodiesel adoption. Working with NYOHA, the City Council and administration in 2012 created the nation’s first biodiesel-blended heating oil standard.

All heating oil sold in the City now contains at least 2 percent biodiesel by law, because biodiesel blending reduces the carbon intensity of heating oil. Emissions reduction efforts are further supported by the use of ultra low sulfur heating oil, which is now the standard statewide. The City also uses biodiesel blends in most City-owned vehicles.

The City Council is now looking to increase biodiesel usage by raising the City’s B2 heating oil standard to B5 (5 percent biodiesel) and beyond. Constantinides, who represents the New York City Council's 22nd District, last year introduced Intro. No. 642, which calls for a B5 standard in 2016 followed by a series of incremental biodiesel blend increases: B10 in 2020; B15 in 2025; and B20 in 2030. The Council is also considering a companion bill, Intro. No. 880, which would increase the use of biodiesel in New York City’s school buses.

There are no requirements for biodiesel blending in privately owned and operated vehicles in the city, but biodiesel is an increasingly important fuel in the transportation sector.

Constantinides serves as the chair the City Council's Environmental Protection Committee 

The groups held their meeting at Vivaldi’s Ristorante, in Bayside, NY.