San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom last week issued an Executive Directive ordering the use of B20 biodiesel in 100% of the diesel vehicles owned by the city. San Francisco is the largest US city with such a comprehensive provision.
All diesel-using departments shall begin using a B20 biodiesel blend as soon as practicable in all diesel vehicles and other diesel equipment, with the following sequential goals: initiate and complete biodiesel pilot project by 31 December 2006; 25% implementation by 31 March 2007; 100% implementation by 31 December 2007.
San Francisco now has more than 800 alternative fuel vehicles in its fleets.
Several City departments and agencies have already successfully used B20 including San Francisco Airport, Department of Public Works, MUNI buses, and the San Francisco Zoo.
The City currently uses about 8 million gallons of diesel a year.
Concurrent with the mayor’s announcement, the San Francisco Fire Department announced that it has initiated a six-month pilot program to test and monitor the use of B20 in two fire trucks, six engines and one ambulance.
In April, San Francisco became the first major US city to pass a resolution acknowledging the threats posed by peak oil, and urging the city to develop a comprehensive plan to respond to an emerging global energy crunch.