Fans who tuned in to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game last week probably didn't know that they were watching a broadcast powered by biodiesel.
The All-Star Game marks the first occasion that FOX Sports has used B20, a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent diesel, in all of its generators, satellite trucks and other diesel equipment at its television compound in San Francisco.
What’s more, the company has committed to using B20 to power its broadcasts of the World Series, Super Bowl, the Bowl Championship Series and other major events.
“This initiative is an attempt to reduce our carbon footprint to neutral by 2010,” said Michael Davies, Director, Field Operations - FOX Sports. “The All-Star game presents the opportunity to start implementing some of these environmentally friendly practices, part of which is using B20 in our equipment.”
Many musicians, actors and festivals use biodiesel in their generators and vehicles, including Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson, Daryl Hannah, the Coachella Music Festival, and the Bonnaroo Music Festival.
“Biodiesel was an easy decision for us because it works in our regular generators without having to retool our existing equipment,” Davies said.
Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from any vegetable oil or animal fat that significantly reduces emissions, including carbon monoxide, particulate matter and life cycle carbon dioxide.
Portland became the first U.S. city to adopt a Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in November 2006 to encourage energy independence, and the Bureau of Development Services will be the agency responsible for enforcing this initiative in Portland.
In addition, many City of Portland bureaus, including BDS, and even Commissioner Randy Leonard are converting to biodiesel-powered vehicles as a way to cut dependence on foreign oil, support our local economy and protect the environment.
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