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Neste Renewable Diesel helps San Diego switch to renewables

Neste Renewable Diesel helps San Diego switch to renewables

Nov 11, 2016
Renewables & smart grid
Bioenergy & biofuels

The City of San Diego in California has recently started using Neste Renewable Diesel in its vehicle fleet consisting of service trucks, refuse packers, dump trucks, construction equipment, and street sweepers, to name a few. By switching from conventional petroleum diesel to Neste Renewable Diesel, San Diego joins California's cleanest city fleets including San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Carlsbad, and County of Sacramento.

"This change will make a major part of our fleet greener overnight, creating more environmentally-friendly vehicles that are cheaper to maintain," Mayor Kelvin L. Faulconer, City of San Diego, says. 

"Air quality is a significant concern in many cities around the world today. Neste offers a drop-in solution for instantly reducing traffic-related local emissions and improving local air quality," says Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President, Renewable Products at Neste. 

While the switch from petroleum diesel to waste and residue based Neste Renewable Diesel helps improve local air quality, its use additionally reduces San Diego diesel fleet's greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%, contributing to the city's ambitious climate targets. Over 1,100 vehicles and equipment, representing approximately 25% of the city's fleet, run on Neste Renewable Diesel, and no performance issues have been reported.

"By transitioning to renewable diesel, we're significantly reducing the pollution caused by city vehicles that serve the public on a daily basis. We're leading by example and showing other cities how to make common-sense changes to improve the environment around us," Faulconer continues.

"Renewable diesel is going to help a significant portion of our fleet run much cleaner with less wear and tear on the engines compared to petroleum diesel," says Alia Khouri, the City's Fleet Operations Director.

Read more on how Neste Renewable Diesel helps cities and companies reach climate goals across California.

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