Honolulu City aims for full biodiesel-based mass transit system

September 15, 2014 |

In Hawaii, Honolulu City adopted a resolution last week to develop a biodiesel initiate for the city’s existing mass transit diesel vehicles. The adoption of resolution 14-169 will allow the Department of Transportation and the City to look to further the use of biodiesel in TheBus and TheHandi-Van fleets comprised of more than 650 vehicles.

Introduced by Stanley Chang, Chair of the Committee on Public Works and Sustainability, resolution 14-169 passed through committee late last month for the full Council’s consideration.

Honolulu has one of the US’s strongest records for incorporating renewable fuel into public transportation. Since 2004, the City has successfully integrated B20 biodiesel in a large segment of its municipal fleet, including waste collection trucks. In 2012, the city completed a pilot project with 20 of its fixed route buses.

Hawaii currently has an in-state biodiesel production capacity of over 5.5 million gallons per year, yet relies on imported fossil fuels, mostly oil, to sustain more than 90% of its energy requirements.

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