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San Diego latest Californian city to run municipal fleet on renewable diesel

The City of San Diego in California, US is the latest municipality in the state to switch from fossil diesel to using Neste's renewable diesel in its diesel-fuelled vehicle and equipment fleet.

NExBTL renewable diesel pipeline at Neste's Rotterdam refinery. From the Netherlands the renewable diesel is shipped to customers in Europe and North America (photo courtesy Neste).

NExBTL renewable diesel pipeline at Neste’s Rotterdam refinery. From the Netherlands the renewable diesel is shipped to customers in Europe and North America (photo courtesy Neste).

The City of San Diego, the second largest city in California, has recently started using Neste Renewable Diesel in its diesel-fuelled vehicle and equipment fleet such as service trucks, refuse packers, dump trucks, construction equipment and street sweepers. San Diego is the sixth municipality in California to make a switch joining the City of San Francisco, City of Oakland, City of Walnut Creek, City of Carlsbad, and County of Sacramento.

– 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.We are very pleased that our innovative, low-carbon renewable diesel now benefits San Diego, said Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President, Renewable Products at Neste in a statement.

Over 1 100 vehicles and equipment, representing approximately 25 percent of the city’s fleet, now run on Neste’s renewable diesel and thus far no performance issues have been reported.

– This change will make a major part of our fleet greener overnight, creating more environmentally-friendly vehicles that are cheaper to maintain. We’re leading by example and showing other cities how to make common-sense changes to improve the environment around us, commented San Diego Mayor Kelvin L. Faulconer.

– We are constantly looking for ways to make San Diego’s fleet more sustainable, and advancements in alternative fuels are making it possible. 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, said Alia Khouri, the City’s Fleet Operations Director.

Neste Renewable Diesel is supplied to the City of San Diego by The Soco Group one of Neste’s distributors in California.

– The Soco Group is pleased to partner with Neste to provide the City of San Diego high quality renewable diesel for their diesel fleet. I’m excited that our two companies can work together to provide a cost-efficient and reliable fuel solution to help the City of San Diego meet their climate goals, said Angus McDonald, President of The Soco Group.

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