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UW–Madison Fuels Up on Biodiesel Mix

February 11, 2005

MADISION, WI – In an effort to improve air quality, the University of Wisconsin–Madision will have the first fleet in Wisconsin to fill its tanks with a blend of ultra-low sulfur diesel and a soybean-based biodiesel fuel.

The fuels will be mixed to create a 20 percent concentration of biodiesel. The new blend will lead to a 15 percent reduction in particulate matter, according to Rob Kennedy, senior transportation planner for the university.

The new fuel will result in a 13 percent reduction in hydrocarbons, an 8 percent cut in carbon monoxide, and a 16 percent decline in emissions of carbon dioxide.

UW–Madison is a founding partner in the Dane County Clean Air Coalition, which has brought together government agencies and businesses to help reduce emissions.

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