Nature Air Opens 1st Vehicle Biofuel Station

February 6, 2009

Nature Air airline announced Tuesday  the first alternative vehicle fueling station in Costa Rica is up and running.

Nature Air is the first airline in Central America to attempt to run its heavy machinery and company vehicle fleet on bio-diesel fuel. Its airplanes will use convertion fuel.

“We hope to reduce our carbon footprint and help protect the water quality of our rivers and oceans where the rivers end up,” said Nature Air’s chief commercial officer Alexi Huntley.

The airline estimates a reduction of 49,256 gallons of CO2 emissions per year, a number calculated by looking at how much fuel their trucks and ground equipment burned per year and the equivalent carbon emissions using bio-diesel fuel.

Nature Air became the world’s first carbon neutral airline to be recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) last November. In addition, the company has joined an initiative called the Climate Neutral Network, which promotes global action toward lowcarbon economies and societies.

The airline’s fueling station has been providing bio-diesel fuel in addition to aviation gas and jet fuel to its customers since June 2008.

According to Huntley, Nature Air has been offsetting 100 percent of its carbon emissions since 2004 through conservation and reforestation programs.

Nature Air employees are encouraged to bring in their used cooking oil from home, which is converted into bio-diesel fuel.

–Vanessa I. Garnica

 

You may be interested

Looking back at Hurricane Maria: the initial impact
Weather
866 views
Weather
866 views

Looking back at Hurricane Maria: the initial impact

John McPhaul - December 12, 2017

As Costa Rica joins many other nations in looking back upon the devastating 2017 hurricane season, longtime Tico Times contributor…

Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica
Weather
3191 views
Weather
3191 views

Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica

Katherine Stanley - December 12, 2017

High winds claimed the life of a fourth victim in Costa Rica as the cold front that has been moving…

With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie
Keylor Navas
794 views
Keylor Navas
794 views

With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie

AFP - December 11, 2017

Real Madrid's first foray into the January transfer market will be to snap up Athletic Bilbao's promising goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga,…