New York City has transitioned to a new grade of clean-burning heating oil in recent years, and is looing to increase the rate of biodiesel blending to reduce emissions even further. The New York Oil Heating Association (NYOHA) is spreading the word to fight uninformed misperceptions about the fuel. New York’s NYOHA CEO Rocco Lacertosa recently published an article on the Crain’s New York Business website that tells the story of New York City’s clean heating oil.
Here is an excerpt:
“As a result of that legislation, since 2012, New York City has replaced more than 80 million gallons of fossil fuel petroleum with renewable biodiesel that is made from recycled restaurant grease and sustainable agricultural feedstocks such as soy beans (considered an advanced biofuel by the Environmental Protection Agency and proven to reduce greenhouse gases by 85 percent compared with petroleum).
Now, leading environmental advocates like the New York League of Conservation Voters are aggressively supporting a popular bill—Intro. 642—that would increase New York’s biodiesel blend from 2 percent to 5 percent (B5) and scale it up to 20 percent (B20) over the course of the next two decades. As early as next heating season, we would displace 56 million gallons of petroleum annually—more than two and half times what we displace with renewable biodiesel today. And when we move to B20 we will be eliminating 241 million gallons of petroleum annually—and that’s just in residential buildings.”