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Biofuels support tourism

Biofuels support tourism

The Bioenergy Association is pleased to see how the use of biodiesel is assisting the tourism industry.

KEA Campers today released information (attached) on how they have been using biodiesel in its fleet of campers to provide its KEA customers with an excellent introduction to the country, further promoting New Zealand’s clean and green image.

KEACampers use 100% biodiesel which is made by a New Zealand producer from used vegetable oils which would otherwise go to landfill.

Brian Cox, Executive Officer of the Bioenergy Association said ”KEA Campers are to be congratulated for being a sector leader.” “We have the opportunity to show tourists that we can live up to our clean green image by having every tourist vehicle using biofuels made from our own natural resources. KEA Camper and tourist operators in Queenstown are demonstrating how easy it is to use biofuels to reinforce their marketing. This shows one of the economic benefits arising from bioenergy.”

“Bioenergy is more than just a source of energy. The sector provides jobs and assists economic stimulus in many parts of the economy. We hope that other tourist operators also see the marketing benefits of biofuels so that we start seeing the economies of scale which will allow increased biofuel production and thus over time reduced cost”.

The Bioenergy Association is encouraging the Government to extend the current Biodiesel Grants Scheme as it is low cost support such as this which is allowing the bioenergy sector to give economic support to other sectors of the economy. Brian Cox said ”As the cost of petroleum increases we will progressively replace our transport fuels, plastics and other petroleum based products with bio-based products. Essentially we are slowly moving from a petroleum based economy to the bio-economy.”


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