How does one go about being environmentally conscious with a 1983 Series III Land Rover Santana with a diesel engine? The answer to that is Biodiesel! The answer is simple enough, but how does one go about finding Biodiesel in the Lower Mainland?
Many people do not know that Biodiesel is available at the pumps already! Biodiesel has been available at the pumps for a number of years. The first retail biodiesel pump in British Columbia was officially opened in Burnaby in 2005 at United Petroleum Products' retail location located at 3267 Norland Ave.
Back in 2005 the blends found were mostly a lowly 5% biodiesel mixed with 95% petrodiesel to make a B5 blend. Nowadays the blends are up to a B50 which really lessen the emissions from a diesel engine. I have been running a B40 blend for two years, and noticed that my Land Rover runs smoother and is not creating clouds of exhaust like it did with petrodiesel previously.
Biodiesel is readily available at many retail locations withing the Lower Mainland. There are two other locations for Biodiesel from United Petroleum Products listed on their Biodiesel locations page. Another company is Cascadia Biofuels Inc. which has a list of retail locations where a consumer or business may purchase Biodiesel at the pump in the Lower Mainland.
Biodiesel is already here, and what we need to do is educate people on smarter choices and decisions about where they purchase their fuel from.