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Region Pilot Testing Alternative Fuel to Improve Air Quality in Peel

The Region of Peel has begun pilot testing bio-diesel as an alternative diesel fuel on a number of its fleet vehicles to improve air quality and public health.

Bio-diesel is a fuel produced from renewable resources such as fats and vegetable oils. The Region's pilot study will use bio-diesel made from soybean feedstock.

Bio-diesel improves air quality and public health by reducing harmful tailpipe emissions that cause smog, acid rain and greenhouse gases. The pilot test is just one of many initiatives of the Region's Clean Air Partnership with other GTA municipalities to improve the air quality in the GTA.

"We are committed to finding new ways to reduce emissions from our vehicles and improve air quality," says Lynne Germaine, Manager of Operations Support. "The use of bio-diesel fuel is an environmentally-friendly way of achieving our objectives."

The Region of Peel will pilot test the bio-diesel for a six month period on its fleet of snowplows, dump trucks, backhoes and pickup trucks. During this period, tailpipe emissions will be monitored to assess the merit of adopting bio-diesel as a permanent fuel source for the entire diesel fleet.

Bio-diesel requires little or no modification to vehicle engines or fueling infrastructure. Bio-diesel has also been found to increase fuel lubricity, reduces engine wear and may reduce maintenance costs to vehicles over time.

For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit our website at

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