Neste and the City of Oakland partner to fuel the city fleet with the city waste
In California, Neste US Inc., the US subsidiary of Finland-headed oil refiner and renewable fuel producer Neste Oyj and the City of Oakland has announced that waste feedstock from the city is now being converted to Neste MY Renewable Diesel and is fuelling the city's fleet.
The City of Oakland, Neste, fuel distributor Western States Oil and local collectors for used cooking oil (UCO) have joined forces to gather waste cooking oils from restaurants and other businesses in the Oakland metropolitan area and convert it to fuel for the city’s fleet. A port city with around 410 000 inhabitants, the City of Oakland is the third largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area.
By making waste more valuable and supporting jobs that collect and treat it, this concept helps the local economy in the city while the cleaner-burning Neste MY Renewable Diesel improves the lives of its residents by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the city’s fleet.
Oakland is a proud leader in protecting our environment and practicing the highest levels of sustainability. This bold move will give our residents cleaner air, and it takes us one important step forward in our work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, said Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon fuel produced from 100 percent renewable and sustainable raw materials, primarily wastes and residues. According to Neste, it cuts engine-out emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 9 percent, those of carbon monoxide (CO) by 24 percent and fine particulate matter (PM) by 33 percent, all while enhancing fleet performance.
Switching from petroleum diesel to renewable diesel automatically converts the City’s oldest and dirtiest polluting vehicles into alternative fuel vehicles – overnight and with no additional costs, Oakland Public Works Director Jason Mitchell said.
The concept by the city of Oakland and Neste saves greenhouse gas emissions by 74 percent compared to fossil diesel. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a direct replacement fuel that requires no blending and is compatible with all diesel engines.
We are excited to partner with the city of Oakland to make ‘from city waste to city fuel’ a reality and do our part to improve the lives of the people in the city. Oakland’s choice for more sustainable diesel fuel and their support for making local waste part of their energy solution sets an example for the Bay Area, for all of California and beyond, said Jeremy Baines, Vice President of Sales, Neste US, Inc.