THE FEASIBILITY OF BIOFUEL IMPLEMENTATION IN DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY OPERATIONS
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Vehicle fleet statistics, surveys, interviews, and a review of current research were used to assess the feasibility of using biofuels (particularly biodiesel) in Dalhousie University’s current vehicle fleet. Economic and environmental considerations were examined by calculating Dalhousie vehicles’ current fuel consumption and associated emissions production and comparing these to predicted figures using diesel and a 20% biodiesel mixture. Social considerations were examined by surveying Dalhousie students to assess their understanding and attitudes to biofuel use at Dalhousie, while interviews and associated research contribute to understanding the technical considerations of biofuel use. While Dalhousie is poorly positioned to implement biofuels due to its total reliance on gasoline powered vehicles, the potential economic, social, and environment benefits shown here are compelling and could be gradual incorporated into Dalhousie operations.