In the United States, the City of San Leandro, a suburban city in Alameda County, California, is the latest city to switch all municipal vehicles from using petroleum diesel to only running on renewable diesel manufactured by Finland-headed oil refiner and renewable fuel producer Neste Oyj.
Neste’s “MY Renewable Diesel” is a low-carbon diesel fuel produced from 100 percent renewable raw materials that the company says can cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 80 percent and enables reductions in engine-out emissions, all while enhancing fleet performance. Unlike biodiesel, renewable diesel is a so-called drop-in fuel that requires no blending and is compatible with all diesel engines.
This was one easy change that we could make ourselves. Municipal operations need to be the leader in shifting the mindset of residents and businesses that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a worthy effort that involves everyone, said Debbie Pollart, Public Works Manager for the City of San Leandro.
San Leandro operates approximately 160 vehicles. The city decided to make the switch as part of the city’s Climate Action Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2020.
We are very excited to add San Leandro to the list of progressive-minded California cities switching to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. I am confident that this decision will pay dividends in both fleet performance and help the City of San Leandro meet its greenhouse gas emission targets, said Jeremy Baines, Vice President of Sales, Neste US, Inc.
Western States Oil, based in San Jose, California, is the exclusive distributor of Neste MY Renewable Diesel to the City of San Leandro.