EECA welcomes Fulton Hogans Christchurch biodiesel trial

Issue 30 – August 2011

Fulton Hogan's decision to trial sustainable biodiesel in its vehicle fleet has been welcomed by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). Fulton Hogan announced on 13 July 2011 that it would be working with Biodiesel New Zealand to test a blend of biodiesel and diesel across a range of its Christchurch-based trucks and other vehicles, with a view to expanding its use to the rest of the company's operations.

'Fulton Hogan is a household name in roading and contracting,' says EECA Chief Executive Mike Underhill. 'I congratulate them for showing leadership and environmental responsibility. It will be great to see renewable fuels being used in the re-construction of Christchurch. This move will not only benefit the company itself, but inspire others to follow suit,' says Underhill.

EECA has supported Fulton Hogan with an EECA Business grant to assist the installation of a specially-developed fuel blending pump, which will enable the company to use different proportions of biodiesel blends, depending on the vehicle being filled.The plant has been designed and built in New Zealand.

'More and more businesses in New Zealand are taking the opportunity to use biodiesel blends, to show their commitment to environmental responsibility,' says Underhill. 'Biofuels available in New Zealand are better for the environment.They are made from sustainable feedstocks, and their use results in lower greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.'

Read more about EECA's biofuels sustainability reporting information at www.eeca.govt.nz/biofuels.

Summarised from an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority media release 13 July 2011.

Published in energy.