We may till be still a long way from a world where sustainably produced biofuels dominate the marketplace in contrast to the dominance of petroleum. However, there are encouraging sign of industry growth, as found in this press release from SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel after producing 20 million gallons of clean-burning fuel.
SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel Produces 20 Millionth Gallon of Fuel, Teams Up With University of Oregon
UO Athletics to Recycle Cooking Oil With State’s Largest Biodiesel Producer – Contributing to the Production of More Than 6 million Gallons of Biodiesel this year
SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel, the longest-running commercial biodiesel producer in the Pacific Northwest, announces the production of its 20 millionth gallon of clean-burning, locally produced fuel, a milestone in the company’s 8 years of business in Oregon and Washington. This week, SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel also announced an agreement to recycle cooking oil from the concessions stands operated by the University of Oregon Athletics department. That oil will be used to make SeQuential Pacific fuel, creating a closed-loop production cycle that yields an environmentally friendly product while also benefiting the local economy.
The University of Oregon joins more than 7,000 Northwest organizations in working with SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel to recycle cooking oil. SeQuential Pacific’s fuel is made from used cooking oil collected from local restaurants, businesses, hospitals and schools. These relationships help benefit the environment by diverting a waste stream – keeping used oil out of landfills or the sewer system – and by producing a cleaner-burning fuel. Biodiesel made from used cooking oil is significantly cleaner than petroleum diesel, emitting up to 78 percent less carbon dioxide and other harmful gasses.
Recycling oil with SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel also benefits the local business community by creating local fuel distribution channels. Biodiesel made by SeQuential Pacific is sold to commercial and retail fuel distributors throughout Oregon and Washington. In fact, the company’s fuel is available for purchase at the SeQuential Biofuels stations in Eugene, just a few miles away from the UO campus.
“Oregon Athletics is committed to playing a leadership role in the university’s greening efforts,” said Craig Pintens, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Public Relations. “From individual offices to our complex of athletic venues, our staff, student-athletes, and supporters are making a difference for the environment. We are excited to be working with SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel to ensure that the waste oil generated by our athletics concessions will be put to good use for the environment as well as for the community.”
SeQuential Pacific’s relationship with the University of Oregon comes as the company’s production is at an all-time high. Since its founding in 2005, SeQuential Pacific has set a production record each year, culminating in the 20 millionth gallon announced today. The company expects to produce more than 6 million gallons of biodiesel in 2013 alone.
“Twenty million gallons is a major milestone for us and a testament to the partnerships we work to foster between our team, our customers and the community,” said Tyson Keever, general manager for SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel. “Our relationships are critical to what we do. We’re particularly excited about this agreement with the University of Oregon because it has already played a big role in shaping our story. Many of our founding members, including myself, are Oregon alumni and the idea behind this company was actually sparked while we were still in school. We look forward to adding the University to our network and continuing to work together to build a new model for fuel production.”
Source: Business Wire
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