Soco Group Providing Neste Renewable Diesel via L.A. Port
The City of San Diego is turning to renewable diesel to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, signing with the based Soco Group for an initial phase supporting some 900 heavy- and medium-duty vehicles. San Diego is transitioning its fire equipment too, resulting in “all of the City’s 1,125 diesel-powered vehicles being powered by renewable diesel.”
Soco is a longtime supplier of FAME/fatty acid methyl ester biodiesel and is now delivering ASTM D975-compliant renewable diesel.
“The key thing for the end-user is that it’s completely fungible,” says Soco VP Matt Davis: fleets can switch from renewable to conventional petroleum diesel with no change in operations.
The RD for San Diego, he told F&F, is produced by Neste in Singapore. “We load it on trucks out of Los Angeles and bring it to San Diego.”
According to the office of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, the renewable fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 80%.
‘Our Fleet Greener Overnight’
“This small change will make a major part of our fleet greener overnight, creating more environmentally-friendly vehicles that are cheaper to maintain,” he said in announcing the renewable diesel initiative late last year.
“By transitioning to renewable diesel,” Faulconer said, “we’re significantly reducing the pollution caused by city vehicles that serve the public on a daily basis.
‘A Drop-In Solution’
“We’re leading by example and showing other cities how to make common-sense changes to improve the environment around us.”
“Neste offers a drop-in solution for reducing traffic-related local emissions and improving local air quality,” Neste executive VP for renewables, Kaisa Hietala, says in the San Diego announcement.
Check out an excellent article, The Potential – and Challenges – of Renewable Diesel Fuel for Heavy-Duty Vehicles, by Jon Leonard and Patrick Couch, VPs at Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA/Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.
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Source: City of San Diego with Fleets & Fuels follow-up