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Cork City Council to donate 1,500 litres of biodiesel to the Earthrace Project

Earthrace ship
Lord Mayor  Cllr. Donal Counihan with Lady Mayoress
Breda Counihan, visiting the ship before it set out for Sweden.

Cork City Council has lent its support to the Earthrace initiative by announcing it will be donating 1,500 litres of biodiesel to the boat currently moored at City Quarter, Lapps Quay, Cork. Delivery will be made to the boat by a local supplier, G.R.O. Oil Ltd. on Saturday, 14th July.

Earthrace is a not for profit non-governmental organization. The Earthrace boat is on a global tour promoting biodiesel as an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuel. The fuel which Cork City Council is donating is 100% Irish, 100% Munster and 100% Cork. It is produced in a new state-of-the-art refinery located in Bandon, Co. Cork and owned by an Irish company called G.R.O. Oil Ltd.  (Ref. The raw material for the fuel is rapeseed which is harvested from rape grown by farmers in the Bandon and wider Cork area.

The donation of 1,500 litres of ISEN 14214 B100 Biodiesel by the City Council is a measure of the confidence which both Cork City Council and Earthrace have in this locally produced product. By using locally produced fuel the Council is also reducing its carbon footprint.

A spokesman for Cork City Council, Brian Cassidy, Senior Executive Engineer, outlined the reasons for the organisation’s promotion of Biodiesel: “Cork City Council is committed to the promotion of a sustainable environment and local industry. This is amply demonstrated by the fact that the Council is using pure biodiesel as a fuel in its plant and vehicles. The raw material is made from rapeseed grown pressed and refined in the Cork region. The use of this fuel helps to reduce Ireland’s CO2 emissions and provides an additional use for agricultural land. It also helps to develop the links between the rural and urban communities. As the City Council’s goals are very similar to those of the Earthrace project e.g. highlighting the capabilities of biofuels and the role they can play in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, we were delighted to become involved in the project.”

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Donal Counihan will pay an official visit to the boat on Saturday, July 14th to launch it on its European leg of its journey taking it to Sweden for the Tall Ships race.

Further information:

Cork City prides itself on being the Eco-capital of Ireland. In 1993 Cork City Council became the first local authority in Ireland to operate part of its transport fleet using a biofuel as an alternative to fossil fuels. The Council is also a leading participant in the European Biofuels Cities Project. The aim of this project is to promote the use of fuels derived from sustainable sources (e.g. agricultural crops). Such fuels are considered to be CO2 neutral and help to reduce the amount of CO2 gases emitted to the atmosphere by the transport industry. Their use also reduces Ireland Carbon Tax bill. Cork City Council currently has twenty vehicles operating on the fuel.

Renewable Oils as Vehicle Fuel


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