2 PM THURSDAY, June 27th, 2013
Located at the CVRD Bings Creek Recycling Drop-Off Depot at 3900 Drinkwater Road, North Cowichan, British Columbia
Cowichan Energy Alternatives (CEA), the Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op (Co-op) and the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) invite you to the official launch of Vancouver Island’s first and only biodiesel blending station - a local collection, processing and distribution center providing biofuel from waste cooking oils.
Please join us to celebrate this important step in creating an environmentally friendly and locally produced fuel source from recycled waste cooking oil. CEA Executives, CVRD officials, staff, and Co-op directors will be available to answer questions about this local sustainable biofuel solution. Guests and media will be able to see first-hand how sustainable biodiesel can be used to power the CVRD’s vehicle fleet. This station completes phase I of a sustainable fuel loop where recycled fryer oil is processed into biodiesel used to fuel diesel vehicles all at the same location. Phase II will add a point of sale system that allows the station to be accessed by Co-op and BC Biofuel Network members.
‘Sustainable Solution in Action’ - The Cowichan Biofuel Facility is a homegrown biodiesel processing and distribution centre, recycling locally collected commercial and residential waste cooking oils into environmentally-friendly biofuel for local users. This demonstration facility is the first of its kind in North America and a model for communities seeking sustainable solutions that support the development of a local low-carbon economy. It is the result of a unique partnership between the Cowichan Valley Regional District, Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op and Cowichan Energy Alternatives, and is part of the growing BC Biofuel Network.
Biodiesel in its pure form (B100) can entirely replace the usage of fossil fuels or it can be blended with regular diesel to whatever percentage blend is required. This makes biodiesel an important renewable energy solution that can be used now with existing diesel engine technology to immediately begin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants.