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What do Randy Leonard and Prince Charles have in common?

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USATODAY.Com - Prince Charles becomes carbon neutral - (http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2007-06-26-prince-charles_N.htm)Well, the Portland City Commissioner and Heir to the British throne are both passionate about driving vehicles powered by biodiesel and promoting renewable energy.

According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Prince Charles recently converted his Jaguar and Land Rover to run on B100 (100% biodiesel) made from used cooking oil and plans are also being discussed to convert the royal train to biodiesel.

This is just one of the measures that Prince Charles has implemented to achieve a carbon-neutral household at his Highgrove, Clarence House and Birkhall estates according to Sir Michael Peat, the prince’s principal secretary.

Randy Leonard Like Charles, BDS’ own Commissioner Leonard was so convinced of the merits of using biodiesel over petroleum-based fuel after driving a Water Bureau fleet vehicle that he bought a Jeep Liberty for his personal use that runs on biodiesel.

A report issued by the National Petroleum Council on Monday indicates that the global supply of oil from conventional sources is unlikely to meet the projected 50-60 percent growth in demand over the next 25 years. The report also called for ramping up development of biomass fuels such as biodiesel.

Leonard, who is already ahead of that curve, helped Portland become the first city in the country to enact a biofuels initiative that will be enforced by the Bureau of Development Services. He has also seen to it that the Bureau of Development Services and Water Bureau only purchase diesel powered vehicles that can run on biodiesel.  

Portland City Code | Chapter 16.60 Motor Vehicle Fuels

So far BDS has 13 diesel Volkswagon Jettas in our fleet, with more scheduled to replace our existing non-diesel fleet vehicles in the coming year.

Alisa Cour,

BDS Customer Service Manager

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