(8 October 2010) The Biofuels Association of Australia (BAA) announced the launch of the BAA Volvo FH 13 litre truck by the Hon Minister Tony Kelly, NSW Minister for Planning, Infrastructure and Lands, today at the International Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay, Sydney.
(R-L) The Hon Bob Katter, The Hon Tony Kelly, Heather Brodie & Ron Finemore,
The event was well attended – including a surprise appearance by the Hon Bob Katter, Federal Member for Kennedy, and indicative of the commitment of two of Australia’s most well known Ministers to take time out from demanding schedules to promote the use of biofuels in Australia and support for the BAA.
Both Ministers expressed their commitment to the Biofuel industries (both Biodiesel & Ethanol), and will continue to urge Government to assist in helping the Biofuel Industry to deliver positive outcomes for Australia.
The Hon Bob Katter congratulated Minister Kelly and the state of NSW on the adoption of realistic Biofuel targets, and expressed the hope that QLD would be following in those footsteps. He added that he was very cognizant of the impact Biofuels could have on the Nation’s energy dependence, trade balance, and CO2 mitigations, and those impacts are significant enough to warrant increased Governmental support.
“Volvo Trucks is working with the BAA and Ron Finemore Transport to promote to the community how important it is to use increasing blends of biodiesel in our fuel mix” said Heather Brodie, CEO of the BAA.. “Ron Finemore Transport has been using 20% blends of biodiesel for the last three years and has notched up more than 40 million kilometres in their fleet of trucks. This truck will be travelling the length and breadth of the east coast promoting how the average consumer can use biodiesel as well.”
“Around the world we are seeing an increasing use of biofuels not only to decrease our emissions from transport, but also to reduce our trade deficit, improve our domestic fuel security with readily available, renewable and sustainable fuels and bring about regional development opportunities around Australia”.
“Australia’s production of biofuels – both ethanol and biodiesel – continues to come predominantly from by-products and waste streams. This is a fantastic opportunity to promote the local industry and we thank Volvo, Ron Finemore Transport and the Ministers for taking part in the program” Ms Brodie said.