Neste Is Seen as the Likeliest Supplier, Furnishing NEXBTL
The City of San Francisco “will leapfrog its efforts to protect the climate from harmful effects of diesel emissions,” Mayor Ed Lee’s office said this morning, “phasing out the use of petroleum diesel in the municipal fleet and replacing it with renewable diesel by the end of this year.”
Neste, which make a 100% renewable diesel tradenamed NEXBTL at refineries in Finland, Rotterdam and Singapore (F&F, June 29), is viewed as the likeliest supplier.
Engines running on the Neste product, which is qualified as a 100% diesel fuel but is based on a range of renewable feedstocks, emit less NOx and far less greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum diesel.
‘The Uber of the Fuel Market’
“It’s really a miracle fuel,” says one Northern California source. “It’s a huge disrupter,” he says. “It’s the Uber of the fuel market.” Renewable diesel, he told F&F, can allow fleets to slash their greenhouse emissions with their existing vehicles, with no investment in infrastructure.
“Taking into account all life cycle analysis,” he adds, renewable diesel “represents an opportunity to reduce fleet-related GHGs by as much as 65% when compared to the petroleum diesel currently used by the City and County of San Francisco’s fleet.”
“By changing our fleet’s fuel from petroleum to renewable diesel, we’re taking action that is good for the global climate, and at the same time promotes environmental justice in our community by leading to cleaner, healthier air for some of our most vulnerable neighborhoods,” Mayor Lee said in a release this morning.
Announcement Made at Papal Conference
Lee made the announcement at a conference in Vatican City (the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences’ Modern Slavery & Climate Change). “The City of Saint Francis is answering the Pope’s call for local action on global climate change,” he said.
“And, because of the state and federal governments’ incentives to producers to manufacture low carbon fuels, this switch can potentially reduce our city’s fuel costs.”
‘Cleaner and More Efficiently’
Martinez, Calif.-based Golden Gate Petroleum has provided NEXBTL renewable diesel to San Francisco.
“The SFFD piloted the use of renewable diesel fuel for our fleet over a period of six months last year,” Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White says in the Mayor’s announcement. “Our fleet ran cleaner and more efficiently, and we are completely supportive of the Mayor’s call to switch to renewable diesel.”
Bill Zeller is San Francisco clean fleet and fuel coordinator.
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Source: Office of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee with Fleets & Fuels follow-up