The National Biodiesel Foundation was awarded a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant through the 2021 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program. In partnership with the DC Department of Public Works and DC Water, this grant will be used to support the purchase of 24 short-haul utility replacement vehicles equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction that will operate on 100% biodiesel. All 24 project vehicles will operate District-wide, throughout all 31 standard zip codes comprising Washington, DC.
“We are grateful for our relationship with organizations – like the National Biodiesel Foundation – that recognize the importance of protecting the environment,” said Ryan Frasier, D.C. Department of Public Works Associate Fleet Administrator. “This grant will help us to more sustainability fulfill DPW’s mission of keeping D.C., streets clean while also supporting Mayor Bowser’s environmental goals.”
The Foundation worked directly with the DC Department of Public Works and DC Water fleet management to design this project, which replaces vehicles with lower emission B100 vehicles. Through this partnership, the DC Department of Public Works and DC Water will help the District reduce its petroleum consumption and meet its environmental goals for improved air quality.