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Chocolate Biodiesel Powers Truck from England to Timbuktu

Biodiesel prepared from waste chocolate is used to fuel the journey of two British men who departed on Friday from Poole, on the southern coast of England headed for Timbuktu, Mali in West Africa. The British men are making this journey to spread awareness about biofuels.

John Grimshaw of Poole and Andy Pag of London have given a short name to their large Ford Iveco Cargo truck as the ‘BioTruck’, which will carry the chocolate biodisel fuel. It will also carry two smaller vehicles for crossing the Sahara Desert. They are expecting that it will take about 3 weeks to drive the 4,500 miles to Timbuktu from London.

Their aim is to encourage motorists in the UK to fill up on biofuels. Pag said, “If we use biodiesel to get to Timbuktu with a standard engine, there’s no reason why people in the UK can’t use it for their commute or school run”.

They are trying the first ever carbon negative driving journey across the Sahara Desert, and to accomplish this task, they will be using a blend of carbon cutting techniques, including carbon offsetting and biofuels. As an offset, they are trying to transfer a small biodeisel processing unit to a Mali renewable energy charity specialized in the development of enterprise with the help of environmental projects. The biofuels processor is delivered to Mali-Folkecenter (MFC).

Mali-Folkecenter will be providing assistance to the local women in using the latest Ecotec unit to prepare biodiesel from their used cooking oil. It will produce carbon neutral fuel for local vehicles, provide employment for one or two technicians, and supplement their housekeeping funds. It will also serve as a partial carbon offset for the jouney of BioTruck.

Pag and Grimshaw, who believe that the project will be saving about 15 metric tons of carbon emissions in the first 12 months, said, “When measuring the carbon footprint of the expedition we will factor in the offsetting effect of the carbon saved by the fuel that is produced over the next 12 months following the expedition”.

Analysis of the outcome is being done with the support of CarbonAided by using industry standard methodologies for the verification of the claim of carbon negative. According to CarbonAided, the production and application of the sweet smelling chocolate biodiesel produces only a tenth of the carbon footprint of fossil fuel.

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