BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Shortly after Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent announcement to increase ferry service in the five boroughs, Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) introduced a bill that would encourage the use of alternative fuel and fuel technologies in city ferries. The legislation was unanimously passed by the City Council this week.
The legislation, which applies only to city ferries, requires a two-year study of the feasibility of using alternative fuel – such as biodiesel – and fuel technologies – for example, hybrid electric or fuel-cell electric – in city ferries. According to Constantinides, who is the chairman of the council’s Environmental Protection Committee, those alternative fuels could produce fewer emissions than the standard petroleum diesel fuel, which causes asthma and lung disease.
“Over the last four years, our city has made environmental protection a priority – whether through ending our reliance on fossil fuels, cleaning our air quality, building sustainable transit habits or encouraging use of renewable energy,” said Constantinides. “INT. 54 will help increase use of renewable fuel in one of our city’s most sustainable transit options – our ferries. As use of our citywide ferry system has grown exponentially, we must innovate the type of energy we use to fuel the boats.”
Once the study is completed, the city will implement the use of feasible renewable fuels.
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