The school bus luncheon, hosted by Triangle Clean Cities and the Triangle Council of Governments was led by a panel of experts and industry leaders. This type of multi-stakeholder collaboration is exactly what is needed to start reducing green house gas emissions now.
School bus fleets predominantly run on petro-diesel causing one of the dirtiest forms of fossil fuel emissions. School bus manufacturers fleet managers and other stakeholders listened to two presentations from fleet managers in other states talking about their journeys with alternative fuels for school buses.
Joe Biluck presented on his school districts use of biodiesel for the past 20 years and how he had no issues with performance. The long-term transition strategy seems to be clearly electric school buses, but even the manufacturers agreed that we are a long way off from this being the standard. SYNC believes electrification of fleets is a great idea as long as the electricity is being created from renewable energy. SYNC’s position is that the short-term right now solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in school buses is to start with a blend of B20 biodiesel, and for school buses out of warranty, ramp up from there.
SYNC uses a circular economy business model and disruptive technology to produce biodiesel from readily available local waste vegetable oil for use in local fleets. This is a right now transition strategy that makes sense for school districts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions , improve air quality and student health, now.