The city of San Diego, California has begun using Neste renewable diesel in its vehicle fleet. The initial phase will support about 900 heavy- and medium-duty vehicles, including service trucks, refuse packers, dump trucks, construction equipment and street sweepers—all of which are fueled at the City’s four major dispensing facilities.
The City expects to begin using renewable diesel at fire stations in the coming weeks, which will result in all of the City’s 1,125 diesel-powered vehicles being powered by renewable diesel.
This small change will make a major part of our fleet greener overnight, creating more environmentally-friendly vehicles that are cheaper to maintain. By transitioning to renewable diesel, we’re significantly reducing the pollution caused by city vehicles that serve the public on a daily basis. We’re leading by example and showing other cities how to make common-sense changes to improve the environment around us.—Major Kevin Faulconer
The transition to renewable diesel is a prime example of the adaptability of the city’s Climate Action Plan. Using a more environmental-friendly diesel fuel source isn’t one of the strategies outlined in the Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the city can take actions outside of the plan that will help reach the goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035.
An analysis by the California Air Resources Board determined that renewable diesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% compared to petroleum diesel.
The city’s Fleet Operations Department worked with its local fuel provider, The SoCo Group, to secure ongoing delivery of renewable diesel through Neste Corp., the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel.
San Diego joins other California fleets including the City of San Francisco, City of Oakland, City of Walnut Creek, City of Carlsbad, and County of Sacramento in using Neste renewable diesel.