Last week Virgin Trains launched
Biodiesel fuel is made from a blend of diesel and natural renewable resources and Virgin is testing a B20 blend (20 per cent biofuel) provided by Greenergy Fuels Ltd.
Sir Richard Branson has stated that: “If the trial is a success and we convert our Voyager fleet to run on B20 biodiesel we could cut our carbon emissions by up to 14 per cent…the equivalent of taking 23,000 cars off the road.”
Virgin has not ruled out going 100 per cent biodiesel however wants to test it out at 20 per cent first.
Biodesiel can be a blends of things like rapeseed oil, palm oil and soybean oil. Some groups see crop usage in this way as a threat to global food supplies, such as George Monbiot, an environmental campaigner who says that “…fuels made from crops such as oil seed or rape or wheat are a formula for environmental and humanitarian disaster – setting up competition for food between people and [transport].”
Virgin has pledged to invest 100 per cent of any profits made by its train and plane companies, for the next ten years, into developing clean fuels. At least it is a start – what is the rest of the transport industry doing?