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Professor Don Barry President of University of Limerick (right) and John Campion, ESB Executive Director for Sustainability (left) Pictured today at Plassey House, University of Limerick as ESB launched in partnership with the University of Limerick a pilot project which introduces the use of bio fuels to ESB's commercial vehicles, one of the largest fleets in the country.
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ESB Launches and Promotes the use of Bio Fuel Vehicles in its Networks Fleet.
ESB today (Friday 19th Sept) launched in partnership with the University of Limerick a pilot project which introduces the use of bio fuels to ESB's commercial vehicles, one of the largest fleets in the country.
This initial phase involves almost 100 bio diesel powered vehicles, ranging from small vans to large 4 wheel drive hoists, all part of the ESB Network fleet.
The bio diesel used by these vehicles is provided by Munster based Eco Ola and is sourced from rape seed grown as a rotation crop by Irish farmers.
University of Limerick will monitor and analyse the performance and maintenance of the bio fuel vehicles over an 18 month period. The trials will involve testing different bio fuel mixtures ranging from 30% bio diesel up to 100%. The results will highlight the most efficient mixture of mineral diesel and bio diesel with the view to extending the use of bio fuel in its fleet.
The introduction of these bio fuel vehicles is part of ESB's recently announced ?22billion investment programme which is focused on renewables and carbon reduction. The company is committed to halving its carbon output in 12 years and becoming net Carbon Zero by 2035.
Launching the initiative, John Campion, ESB Executive Director for Sustainability said ?The introduction of Irish sourced bio fuel to the ESB fleet is one of a number of initiatives the company is currently undertaking to reduce its overall carbon output. The transport sector is a major producer of carbon emiss