Oakland, California, is the first major U.S. city to convert its entire fleet to renewable diesel. This news release from Neste Oil says the company’s NEXBTL renewable diesel is the fuel of choice for the municipality.
Reduced emissions resulting from the use of renewable diesel will allow the City of Oakland to decrease its carbon footprint and help meet ambitious Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction targets established by the City. Oakland operates 250 diesel-powered vehicles, which include street sweepers, dump trucks, tractors, construction equipment, and mowers. The City consumes about 230,000 gallons of renewable diesel per year.
“The switch to renewable diesel supports our efforts to make Oakland a more sustainable, innovative, and vibrant City,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf. “The significant reduction in emissions provided by renewable diesel will create a healthier and safer environment for all of us.”
“NEXBTL renewable diesel is a solution to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and tailpipe emissions, which municipalities can greatly benefit from. NEXBTL doesn’t require any change in logistics and it can be used by all diesel engines without modifications. Thus, fleets can be switched to renewable literally overnight,” says Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President, Renewable Products, Neste Corporation. “When we are helping cities like Oakland to reach their emission reduction targets, we are doing our job well. That’s also our business target,” continues Hietala.
Earlier this year, San Francisco announced it will switch all of its diesel fleet to renewable diesel by the end of this year.