Biodiesel Maker & User Receive Breathe Easy Award

John Davis

MaineStandardBiofuels2A company that makes biodiesel and its customer that uses its green fuel are honored with a “Breathe Easy” award. Biodiesel Magazine reports Maine Standard Biofuels, which makes biodiesel from used restaurant oil, and Oakhurst, northern New England’s largest independent, family-owned dairy, received a Breathe Easy Leadership Honorable Mention Award from the Northeast Diesel Collaborative, recognizing their seven-year partnership.

[T]his year alone Maine Standard Biofuels supplied Oakhurst with more than 120,000 gallons of biodiesel produced less than 10 miles away from the dairy’s processing facility. The result of the partnership has allowed Oakhurst to decrease its diesel fuel emissions up to 70 percent annually.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our fuel emission reduction efforts alongside our partner Maine Standard Biofuels,” said David Green, Oakhurst fleet and facilities manager. “Today it’s possible for trucking fleets to use biodiesel without having to make equipment modifications and the benefits are really significant. Not only are we able to reduce our overall fuel emissions—a positive for the environment and our community—but we are also able to decrease total fuel costs, a positive for our business bottom line.”

“Maine Standard Biofuels is honored to be recognized alongside Oakhurst by the NEDC for our combined efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jarmin Kaltsas, president of Maine Standard Biofuels. “We believe that by working with customers like Oakhurst we can make a difference in the environment as well as the economy. We are proud to be working with a company that has the vision of making the world a better place to live in.”

The two companies were nominated for the award by the Maine Clean Communities for their unique partnership.