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BC fish farms shift to renewable fuel

VICTORIA - Mainstream Canada, one of BC's leading salmonaquaculture companies, is switching from diesel to cleaner-burning biodiesel for all 39 of their BC fish farm sites and hatcheries.

This move will reduce emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases, such as CO(2), by an estimated 1,800 tons annually.

"One of the goals of our sustainability program is to reduce our environmental footprint, and by moving to biodiesel we will significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions," said Alistair Haughton, Deputy Managing Director, Mainstream Canada. "Our objective is to use a 20% blend of biodiesel in all of our diesel generators, compressors and boats by the summer of 2007".

Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning, renewable fuel made from vegetable oil, animal fats or recycled cooking oil. It is biodegradable, non-toxic and contains no petroleum, but can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. Specifically formulated biodiesel blends can be used in any diesel engine with no modification.

According to Mike Cutler, sales manager of Millennium Biodiesel, their Sustainable Industry Program enables businesses such as Mainstream Canada to participate in a biodiesel buyers group that lowers participants overall fuel costs while reducing impacts on the environment. The program tracks each company's level of CO(2) reduction on a monthly basis, the results of which can be used to meet targets set through ISO 14001 and other environmental management programs.

Millennium's biodiesel blends are produced from 100% vegetable oils and meet ASTM D6751 and CGSB-3.520 (B1-B5) specification.

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