Safeway, one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, announced recently a conversion its entire California and U.S. truck fleet to biodiesel fuel.
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The biodiesel initiative makes Safeway one of the first major retailers in the United States to convert its entire fleet of more than 1,000 trucks to cleaner-burning biodiesel fuel. The decision by Safeway will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 75 million pounds annually, the equivalent of taking nearly 7,500 passenger vehicles off the road each year.
“Safeway is proud to lead by example to help protect the environment,” said Chairman, President and CEO Steve Burd. “Using biodiesel to power our transportation fleet will prevent millions of pounds of carbon emissions from being released into the environment. Our biodiesel program is just one of many initiatives underway that will make a positive impact on the environment.”
In Northern California, Lt. Governor John Garamendi will join Mr. Burd for an unveiling of the company’s newest biodiesel fueled big rig at a 3 p.m. ceremony on Friday at the company’s Dublin, California store. The store is one of the company’s green store, and is powered by solar energy. The on-site Safeway fuel center is powered by wind energy.
“Safeway’s environmental leadership is a shining example of how businesses can adapt and become a major player in the fight against global warming,” said Lt. Governor Garamendi. Thinking green can no longer be a choice in the business world when looking toward the future. Smart businesses are looking over the horizon, and understand that the risks and opportunity associated with this critical issue must be part of their overall plan to grow and to be successful in the future.”