Come October 2016, Queens households could be much greener with help from an unexpected source: cooking oil.
Last Thursday, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) introduced a bill that would require 5 percent of the heating oil used in homes to be biodiesel, a type of fuel partly derived from used cooking or soybean oil that is a renewable alternative to crude oil. The bill also calls for an increase in the amount of biodiesel until a goal of 20 percent by the year 2030 is reached.
A 2010 law mandated that home heating oil be 2 percent biofuel by 2012.
“Increasing our biofuel use to a 5 percent blend in home heating oil would be equivalent to taking 45,000 cars off the road,” Constantinides said in a statement.
More than 20,000 restaurants in New York City supply used cooking oil that is then converted and blended into fuel. According to Constantinides’ office, there are more than 10,000 jobs in the biodiesel industry in the city.
The proposed bill links to the official’s goal to reduce city carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.