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An investigation into a sustainable transport option for the UBC farm : a triple bottom line assessment Green, Christopher; Underhill, Matthew; Vincent, Michael


This report is an investigation into a sustainable transport option for the UBC farm. Specifically, the farm needs a new truck since the old one is failing to meet what is used for. This report investigates a triple bottom line assessment of three major options: diesel, biodiesel, and hybrid. A triple bottom line assessment covers the economical, environmental, and social aspects and impacts of option. The farm does have constraints and requirements when it comes to this issue. The truck must last for a minimum for three years and be able to haul heavy loads. Furthermore, it is used year round in rough terrain; therefore four-wheel drive is a necessity. In general, the truck is allowed to be manual and only travels short distances each day. In conclusion, using B20 fuel in the biodiesel option was found to be best. It abides to all the desired requirements and is the most well rounded choice. The following report will give an in-depth analysis of how this recommendation was made. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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