Landsea Tours & Adventures purchased a 10,000-litre fuel tanker truck in July 2007 and began operating all diesel buses on a 50% BioDiesel blend. That was reduced to a 10 to 20 percent blend in winter because at a higher percentage the fuel jells at low temperatures. The project started using started with using a soy-based BioDiesel, but in February 2008, switched to a waste-sourced, non-agricultural BioDiesel from West Coast Reduction. This was very successful and continued until January 2010 when the Provincial Government changed the way BioDiesel was taxed and West Coast Reduction stopped supplying in the fuel. Due to lack of fuel supply, cost and other challenges, Landsea Tours discontinued their investment in BioDiesel run vehicles in 2010.
Our company was recognized as a suitable candidate to operate a zero-emission Hydrogen powered bus in January 2008. This was a pre-production prototype (one of about 30) manufactured and provided by Ford to select operators around North America. Over a two-year period, this bus collected over 38,000 kilometres, using it for regular service on scheduled sightseeing tours. The program came to an end in February 2010 when government funding for Hydrogen fuel was discontinued and the bus prototype was returned to Ford.
After extensive research, our company worked to convert its only gasoline-powered bus to run on both gasoline and propane. The project was successfully completed in July 2015.
In November 2015, the company added zero-emission, plug-in electric cars to its guest support and sales fleet. In April 2017, a third plug-in electric car was added. These vehicles are used as support vehicles in daily operations.
Landsea Tours & Adventures is currently working with ecoOptions Energy Cooperative to obtain a supply of Renewable Diesel. Although Renewable Diesel comes from similar raw materials, it is very different from the Bio-Diesel we used in the past. It is refined through a distillation process in the same way crude petroleum is turned into motor fuel, but instead of coming from crude oil it’s made from waste and bio-sourced animal fats, used cooking oil and some virgin vegetable oils.
Using Renewable Diesel reduces GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions by about 70% as compared to petroleum/fossil diesel. It also achieves substantial reductions in the emission of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and fine particulate matter. For more information see www.neste.com. At Landsea Tours & Adventures we are working to become one of the first operators in Canada to use Renewable Diesel in our vehicles.
WATER HARVESTING, FILTRATION AND REUSE
In 2016, Landsea built a water filtration system for the purpose of reusing gray water collected on-property. From the catch basin where water from rainfall and bus washing is collected, a pump now circulates the harvested water through a settling/filtration system and into a 10,000-litre storage tank. This filtered water is then used to both water our lawn and plants, as well as flush our toilets. Any water not put through our filtration system is routed to our city storm drain that channels water to the ocean. Landsea has installed a particulate filter and an oil-absorbing material in this drain to ensure water is safe before reaching the ocean outflow at False Creek.
In order to do our part, we manage recycling stations on each of our vehicles to help encourage guests to be responsible with their waste in order to conduct “leave-no-trace” tours. Additionally, a robust recycling program for employees is in operation including glass, soft and hard plastics, paper products, metal, compost and battery recycling.
The staff work hard to ensure that previously used paper is used first for any internal documents whenever possible. For instances where this is not possible, we use 100% recycled paper. We print materials on post-consumer paper stock and use online subscriptions for publications where possible.
For several years now, Landsea’s brochures have been printed on “Save-a-Tree” paper from Unisource Canada, made from 100% post-consumer recycled fibre. Printing on this paper allows Landsea to annually save approximately 26 trees, 14,854 lbs. of wood, 21,841 gallons of water, 29,567 BTUs of energy, reduce net greenhouse emissions by 4,493 lbs. and keep 2,316 lbs of solid waste out of the landfill.
In an effort to reduce the amount of washing taking place, a Dyson “Air Blade” hand dryer was installed in 2014 and has since reduced towel-laundering frequency to about 1/3.
All staff members are encouraged to walk or cycle to work and the company has supported this by providing bike racks and shower facilities in order to make this a feasible option.