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November 04, 2016   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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San Diego Shows the Way to a Renewable Future

San Diego joins a growing list of large California cities and iconic business to make the switch to use renewable diesel fuel.


If you ever thought that the future for diesel in California grows dimmer by the day, think again. San Diego joins a growing list of large California cities and iconic business to make the switch to use renewable diesel fuel. The fuel can help substantially reduce a fleet’s carbon footprint while also generating air quality benefits at a price that is competitive with conventional diesel fuel. Of course, it takes a diesel engine to realize these benefits.

Renewable diesel fuel is considered an advanced biofuel by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that is capable of achieving at least a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The fuel is derived from waste agricultural feedstocks, primarily waste soy beans and animal fats, to generate a clean fuel that meets the same technical standard as petroleum diesel fuel. For fleets, this means there is no special considerations for maintaining vehicles or equipment or installing specialized and expensive fuel infrastructure and equipment as with other alternative fuels. For city managers looking for greenhouse gas reduction from fleets, renewable diesel fuel reduces carbon emissions by at least 80 percent. As an added bonus, the fuel also generates a reduction in NOx emission according to the California Air Resources Board. The use of renewable diesel fuel can help older vehicles and equipment that are not powered by the latest clean diesel technology, improve emissions performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

All these benefits come at a price that is competitive with conventional #2 diesel fuel.

San Diego’s fleet of 1,125 heavy-duty vehicles and equipment is the latest municipality in California to make the switch to renewable diesel fuel. Already, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento County, Carlsbad, Walnut Creek and Long Beach have joined the renewable diesel club operating their entire fleets exclusively on the fuel. Meanwhile UPS has pledged to use 46 million gallons of renewable diesel and even Google and Disney are using renewable diesel in their transportation fleets.


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