City of Seattle to pilot use of Gevo’s bio-based isobutanol to lower fleet emissions
In the United States (US), advanced renewable fuel and biochemical manufacturer and platform technology developer Gevo, Inc. has announced that the City of Seattle will utilize a blend of Gevo’s renewable isobutanol with conventional gasoline in its pilot program to reduce the Carbon Intensity (CI) levels of fuels used in Seattle’s fleet vehicles.
According to a statement, the pilot program is part of the Seattle Climate Action plan, adopted in June 2013. For this program, Gevo has partnered with Hughes Group LLC, a Washington-based, Certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB), to coordinate the blending, logistics, and delivery of the final product to the City of Seattle.
Additionally, Gevo is collaborating with the City to supply renewable drop-in gasoline on an on-going basis to further reduce the Carbon Intensity of the fleet. According to the city, two-thirds of emissions in Seattle come from road transportation. Seattle is doing their part to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips by encouraging citizens to utilize different personal transportation choices such as taking public transit, bicycling, and walking.
Seattle has approximately 4 100 fleet vehicles, 38 percent of which currently use gasoline. Utilizing Gevo’s blend of isobutanol will help convert these once high emitting vehicles into low emitting vehicles, with minimal cost to the taxpayers. Government leadership is key as fleets not only in Washington but around the nation realize that fossil-based fuels are becoming a thing of the past. Future solutions like the fuels offered by Gevo are creating new opportunities to decarbonize our environment, said Timothy J. Cesarek, Chief Commercial Officer of Gevo.
This program further illustrates that the City of Seattle is leading by example, to reduce the climate and air pollution from Seattle’s municipal cars and trucks.
The City of Seattle has the potential to lead the way in showing what is possible in breaking away from fossil-based fuels and related pollution. We see that the Pacific Northwest, with its abundance of wood resources is a great area for the development and commercialization of fossil free fuel production plants. Imagine replacing the whole gallon of gasoline with low-carbon renewable gasoline that has high performance, yet would reduce pollution. The potential is to use low-carbon, clean fuels to get off of fossil-based fuels and their pollution, and to establish new business systems that create jobs that cut across sectors from forestry to bioprocessing, to refining, is huge. We look forward to Seattle and the State of Washington to become an attractive place to produce and market advanced biofuels, commented Dr Patrick R. Gruber, CEO of Gevo