In September 2006, one of Harvard's recycling trucks was converted to run on waste vegetable oil from Annenberg Dining Hall. The project, first proposed by two students, was implemented by Harvard Recycling, HGCI, and the Harvard Transportation Services. The truck runs as well on straight vegetable oil (SVO) as it did on diesel and the exhaust smells much better.

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Benefits of Biofuels

  • Biodiesel is non-toxic and biodegradable.
  • B20 reduces total hydrocarbon emissions, NOx, sulfur, carbon monoxide, smoke, and particulate matter.
  • Net CO2 emissions are reduced by 15.66% (B100 reduces net CO2 by 78%) due to carbon recycling by the soy plants.
  • Environmental benefits increase as greater percentages of biodiesel are used.
  • Biodiesel that is purchased in Massachusetts is grown and processed in the United States.