City of Lincoln to fuel municipal fleet with biodiesel

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The City of Lincoln has been awarded funding from the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) to begin incorporating B20 biodiesel in its municipal fleet.
This biodiesel incentive program marks a significant milestone in the City's ongoing commitment to sustainability and reducing carbon emissions, replacing 215,000 gallons of petroleum diesel in nearly 130 fleet vehicles.
Biodiesel is a clean-burning alternative fuel made from renewable sources, with soybean oil being the primary feedstock. B20 refers to the 20% blended percentage of biodiesel in a gallon of fuel. As a drop-in replacement, B20 can be incorporated into the city fleet immediately without any changes to existing equipment or infrastructure.
"We are grateful to the Nebraska Soybean Board for selecting Lincoln as a recipient of these funds,” said Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird. “Incorporating biodiesel into our fleet helps the City reduce our carbon footprint and advance our sustainability goals."
Kim Morrow, chief sustainability officer with the City of Lincoln, said that studies have shown that the lifecycle emissions of pure biodiesel are 74% lower than those of regular diesel, underscoring the significant environmental benefits of this transition.
Morrow said the City’s commitment to sustainable improvements in its municipal fleet and the use of biodiesel in existing vehicles and equipment is an important step in reaching Lincoln’s Climate Action Plan goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Another goal is to transition its fleet vehicles to 100% electric or alternatively fueled by 2040.
In addition to reducing emissions, the transformation of soybean oil feedstocks into biodiesel plays a crucial role in Nebraska's agricultural sector. It contributes approximately 13% to the price per bushel of soybeans, increasing the bottom line for farmers. It also lowers the price of soybean meal, a key ingredient for livestock producers and the food supply.
“This partnership is a win-win for the City of Lincoln and Nebraska’s soybean farmers,” said Wesley Wach, NSB Demand and Utilization Coordinator. “It is great that our state’s capital city is turning to a homegrown, value-added product to help meet their goals.”
The partnership comes during Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska, which highlights the importance of how clean biofuels can help save consumers money at the pump, decrease America’s dependence on foreign oil, boost our nation’s economy and support thousands of jobs in rural communities.

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