Safeway, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the nation, has announced it will fuel its entire U.S. fleet of trucks with 20 percent biodiesel.
The move to run more than 1,000 trucks on the green fuel is being applauded by the National Biodiesel Board in this press release from the group:
“Safeway is proud to lead by example to help protect the environment,” said Chairman, President and CEO Steve Burd. “Using biodiesel to power our transportation fleet will prevent millions of pounds of carbon emissions from being released into the environment. Our biodiesel program is just one of many initiatives underway that will make a positive impact on the environment.”
Biodiesel is made from renewable resources such as fats and vegetable oils. Blends of up to 20 percent can be used in any diesel engine with no need for modification.
“We commend Safeway for showing leadership in true corporate sustainability,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board. “The company is also reducing its dependence on foreign oil and helping to stimulate a domestic energy economy. We encourage other large retailers to follow this example.”
Safeway has been already using biodiesel in some of its regional fleets as it now transitions all of its trucks to the more environmentally-freindly fuel.
The NBB points out that Safeway has been recognized for using solar power, alternative fuels, and building styles to reduce its carbon footprint.