Ottawa, Ontario – Rothsay Biodiesel, a division of Maple Leaf Foods, is fuelling  its trucks with its own biodiesel, made from animal fats and used cooking oils.

The company said that its program to fuel its fleets with biodiesel blends reduced carbon output by approximately 700 metric tonnes in 2009, the equivalent to removing approximately 130 cars from the road.

“Rothsay’s on-road fleet experience is proof of the positive benefits of blending biodiesel in Canada,” said Doug Hooper, chair of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association. “In everyday use and all weather conditions, Rothsay’s biodiesel delivered top performance and, importantly, reduced the harmful greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and smog that is associated with fossil diesel use.”

Three of Rothsay’s truck fleets have been fuelled with biodiesel blends since 2009, for a total of 137 trucks in the program. In 2009, the fleets consumed more than 2.3 million litres of biodiesel blends, travelling a combined 5.4 million kilometres at an average blend rate of 9.2 per cent with no mechanical issues or decrease in mileage.

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