Aquaculture firm switches to biodiesel for its operations
VICTORIA, BC-Mainstream Canada, one of British Columbia's leading salmon aquaculture companies, is switching from diesel to cleaner-burning biodiesel for all 39 of the company's fish farm sites and hatcheries in BC. The company says this will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by an estimated 1,800 tons annually. "One of the goals of our sustainability program is to reduce our environmental footprint, and by moving to biodiesel we will significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions," said Alistair Haughton, Mainstream Canada's deputy managing director. "Our objective is to use a 20% blend of biodiesel in all of our diesel generators, compressors and boats by the summer of 2007," he added. Mainstream will obtain its biodiesel supply from Millennium Biodiesel, whose Sustainable Industry program enables businesses such as Mainstream Canada to participate in a biodiesel buyers group that lowers participants' overall fuel costs while reducing impacts on the environment. Sales manager Mike Cutler said the program also tracks each company's level of CO2 reduction on a monthly basis. These results can be used by participating companies to meet targets set through ISO 14001 and other environmental management programs. Millennium's biodiesel blends are produced from 100% vegetable oils and meet ASTM D6751 and CGSB-3.520 (B1-B5) specification. More information is available from Alistair Haughton at Mainstream Canada, 250/286-0022, Web site www.cermaq.com, or Mike Cutler at Millennium Biodiesel, 250) 661-6945, Web site www.millenniumbiofuel.com.