Biodiesel is a good environmental option proponents say

Biodiesel is a good environmental option proponents say

A quick fix for VW emissions

There’s a solution just down the road at Duncan’s biodiesel co-op.

For Volkswagen diesel owners who want to fix their cars’ environmental emissions performance without fixing the numbers, there’s a solution just down the road at Duncan’s biodiesel co-op.

The co-op, which has been recycling cooking oil from restaurants and commercial kitchens into biodiesel fuel that can go almost straight into the tank of most diesel engines, responded to news that Volkwagen has been cooking its emission numbers with a simple message: Change your fuel.

“The Cowichan Biodiesel Co-op (CBDC) has been supplying 100 per cent renewable biodiesel, made from recycled cooking oils, as a petro-diesel alternative since 2005,” said CBDC Project Manager Hassaan Rahim in an October media release.

So even if your VW engine isn’t running up to snuff – environmentally speaking – you can still drive the car with a clear conscience if you simply start filling up with biodiesel.

That some diesel auto manufacturers were cheating was, perhaps, news; that all cars, no matter how finely tuned, pollute shouldn’t have been, Rahim pointed out. In fact, even for diesels that are genuinely high performance when it comes to emissions, using biodiesel whenever possible makes sense.

“Even the ones that pass emissions testing are still releasing greenhouse gases and toxins into the atmosphere,” Rahim said. “With this recent news, now we just know that some cars pollute more than we previously thought.”

Electric vehicles are a good alternative – if you can afford the switch, and if you can be sure the source of your electricity is non-polluting. But for the many diesel owners who are still making payments on their vehicles, biodiesel is a viable green alternative.

“Biodiesel offers well-documented environmental, mechanical and human health benefits,” Rahim said. “It reduces CO2 and other harmful emissions to the atmosphere and our lungs, including an 80 to 90 per cent reduction in PAHs and other carcinogens.”

PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) are ‘reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen’ according to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.

Making the switch from harmful petro-diesel to biodiesel is easy, Rahim said, “For Volkswagen owners asking themselves what to do next, biodiesel is a ‘drop-in’ fuel that can be used now in existing diesel vehicles with little or no modifications needed.”

Asked how complicated it is to switch from petrol to biodiesel, Rahim said the transition is easy, and biodiesel users can switch back and forth. “We recommend easing your car to using biodiesel, so starting with a 50 per cent blend for a few times and then going up to 100 per cent biodiesel,” he explained.

Biodiesel is available at the Cowichan Biodiesel Co-op, 55 Station St, Duncan (phone 250-748-2694 for information or visit smellbetter.org). Rahim noted that a ‘growing BC Biofuel Network’ also makes biodiesel available in Victoria and Vancouver.

 

Just Posted

(File photo)
Poverty reduction survey identifies 10 poverty themes

Poverty reduction plan will be finalized in July 2021

Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Paul Manly says he has no intentions of leaving the Green Party. (House of Commons image)
Island Green MPs have “no intention” of leaving the party after ‘heartbreaking’ departure

Manly, May only remaining Green MPs after Jenica Atwin left for the Liberals over internal disputes

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of May 30-June 5. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
COVID-19 cases drop again almost everywhere on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo had four new cases last week, down from 22 the week before

Justine Keefer’s Cedar Elementary School Grade 6/7 class put together a student paper, as part of a school project. Pictured here Andrew Gregory, left, Felix Leduc, Addison Armstrong, Lucia Walker and Anise Dick. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Cedar Elementary School students create their own newspaper

Grade 6/7 class publishes Wolf Pack News as part of language arts and social studies

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

Gabriola Island artist Sheila Norgate is promoting the Digital Innovation Group’s art impact survey. (File photo)
Vancouver Island artists get behind regional arts impact study

Artists urged to use their stature to help put arts and culture super-region on the map

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)
Neighbours on edge of Nanaimo city limits left to put out bush fire themselves

Cinnabar Valley residents tackle fire with hoses and buckets for two and a half hours

Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
Vancouver Island Good Samaritan’s truck stolen in nasty trick

‘Try to be a Good Samaritan and my $20,000 truck gets stolen right under my nose’

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Creative handmade signs abound at the June 13 Tofino rally for old growth trees. (Nora O’Malley photo)
VIDEO: Tofino stands in solidarity for Fairy Creek Blockades

Over 150 supporters attend rally hosted by Friends of Clayoquot Sound

Most Read