New York City is known as a world hub for economic activity and commerce and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is key in keeping the Big Apple moving. Its charges include America’s busiest airport system – JFK International, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International – as well as marine terminals and ports, the PATH rail system, six tunnels and bridges, and the World Trade Center.
In a pioneering move for a public agency, the Port Authority committed to reducing emissions from operations by 80 percent by 2050, with biodiesel as a key part of that plan. The Port Authority has used biodiesel since 2000, with all of its diesel vehicles running on a 20 percent biodiesel (B20) blend, including vital snow removal equipment.
At its annual conference in early February, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) recognized the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with its Influencer Award for its strong commitment to biodiesel. Other biodiesel champions awarded with NBB’s “Eye on Biodiesel” awards include:
• Impact – Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., and Hino Trucks became two new equipment manufacturers to join the ranks of B20 supporters. All of Isuzu’s 2011 and forward model year diesel trucks are approved for use with B20 as a result of three key factors: growing consumer demand for biodiesel, an extensive internal research project on B20 by Isuzu engineers, and improved biodiesel fuel quality. Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, then multiplied the market impact in July 2011 by becoming the first manufacturer to support the use of B20 biodiesel blends in a hybrid-electric truck, as well as in its complete product line of class 4 and 5 cab over, and class 6 and 7 conventional trucks. Hino Trucks is the world’s third largest manufacturer of light and medium duty trucks, and now the fastest growing truck manufacturer in the United States. With these two additions, 95 percent of the U.S. medium duty truck market now approves B20.
• Industry Partnership – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency’s Paul Argyropoulos, and the Office of Transportation and Air Quality were awarded for EPA’s strong leadership role in creating a workable renewable fuels program under the Clean Air Act that meets the intent of Congress to stimulate domestically produced, alternative fuels.
• Initiative – Brent Hajek, Hajek Motorsports, is the record-setting driver of the 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup truck that sped to an amazing new 182 miles per hour land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah last summer running on B20. He set out to prove that B20 isn’t only cleaner and greener, but it has the ability to perform better than petroleum diesel even under the most demanding conditions.
• Innovation – Keith Kline and Virginia Dale, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, published research on the true environmental impact of biodiesel and renewable fuels. Their works on measurement of land use change and environmental impacts of feedstock production provide needed perspective in a political atmosphere that threatens to stymie advancement of alternative fuels due to speculation and unsupported claims against the environmental reputation of biofuels.
The NBB also presented its Pioneer Award to Krysta Harden, chief of staff for U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who has held numerous positions throughout her three decades in Washington, DC, including chief executive officer of the National Association of Conservation Districts, assistant secretary for Congressional Relations, senior vice president for the agriculture consulting firm Gordley Associates, professional staff member for the House Agriculture Committee, and chief of staff to former Congressman Charles Hatcher (D-GA). During her work with Gordley Associates, representing the American Soybean Association, Harden was instrumental in laying the groundwork for federal biodiesel policies that have been hugely successful in growing a viable biodiesel industry. Harden continues to be a leader on biofuels in Washington due to her passion for the agriculture industry, environmental issues, and energy.
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