New B20-Fueled Cargo Vehicles Enhance Chicago-Area Air Quality


BLOOMINGTON, ILL. – August 18, 2016— Trucks hauling cargo in and around Chicago's rail yards and ports are now some of the cleanest vehicles on the road today, thanks to the delivery of 11 new drayage vehicles that run on biodiesel. The new vehicles feature diesel particulate filters and meet stringent nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission standards.


The upgraded, more fuel-efficient vehicles are owned and operated by G&D Integrated -- a member of the B20 Club -- and replace Class 8 drayage vehicles used to move goods from port and rail yards in Cook County to nearby Will County or within Cook County.  The B20 Club is sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program and American Lung Association in Illinois to recognize Illinois-based fleets running on 20 percent biodiesel blends.


The trucks were purchased through a $451,773 grant from the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program made possible by the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) of 2010. The grant for G&D Integrated is administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5. The program is designed to help get fleets to voluntarily upgrade to cleaner emission vehicles or technologies to help reduce pollution in high-priority areas.


'We're excited we can bring our fleet up to date with modern technology," says Vince Buonassi, G&D Integrated group manager. "Even though we've been using B20 for several years, these vehicles enable us to be even more efficient while reducing unwanted emissions even more."


He adds the new vehicles are accompanied by benefits of greater fuel efficiency and significant reductions in maintenance costs; further enhanced by driver best-practices and B20 efficiency.


"The new diesel technology coupled with B20 creates a significant reduction in particulate matter (PM) and NOx emissions coming from tailpipes," says John DeRosa, director for environmental health, American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. "This reduction improves air quality for communities and helps people already suffering from lung disease."


G&D Integrated took delivery of the vehicles in February, and notes the 11 new trucks are just one step toward phasing in cleaner vehicles as it modernizes and upgrades its fleet. 


"The transition has been seamless," Buonassi says, noting that G&D's fleet running on B20 clean diesel has resulted in an annual reduction of 2,834 pounds of particulate matter and 2,250 tons of carbon dioxide -- a key contributor to climate change.


"The addition of these vehicles to the G&D Integrated fleet offers benefits to all involved," says Gary Berg, soybean farmer from St. Elmo, Ill., and Illinois Soybean Associaton (ISA) director. "The emission reduction is great for residents of the Chicago area, and G&D benefits from more efficient, clean-diesel vehicles. Increased biodiesel consumption supports Illinois farmers by creating more demand for soybean oil, which builds a more sustainable future for Illinois."


Launched in 2013, the B20 Club consists of 11 fleets running 1,227 B20 vehicles. Estimates show their use of B20 has reduced particulate matter emissions by 3,320 pounds.  The reduction in CO2 emissions is equal to planting 118,556 trees annually. Learn more at   


The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest is an affiliate of the American Lung Association, a leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit


G&D Integrated is a specialized provider of transportation and logistics services and has over 100 years of experience advancing innovative global supply chain solutions. Headquartered in Morton, Ill., the company provides domestic transportation, freight brokerage, contract logistics, warehousing, and supply chain services to a variety of industries with 1,000 employees at more than 20 facilities. For more information, visit

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit the website




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