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Ryder Renewable Diesel for San Fran

May 19, 2017 in Biofuels, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘There Is No Pricing Difference for Our Customers’

Ryder System is now providing renewable diesel fuel at its facility in industrial San Francisco.

Ryder System image shows a diesel tractor and trailer parked at a company fueling island.

“With this implementation, Ryder customers will be better able to address their sustainability goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while still utilizing diesel vehicles,” states a company release.

“Our decision to use 100% RD is based upon our ongoing commitment to ensuring we are delivering solutions that help our customers reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Ryder global fuel products director Chris Nordh said in a release.

It Is Not Biodiesel

“This offering is the latest effort in helping to address the unique needs of our customers and allows for them to take advantage of the environmental benefits of a reliable renewable fuel source,” he said.

Not to be confused with biodiesel, RD goes through a hydrotreating process instead of a transesterification process through which an ASTM D975 compliant diesel product is created.

“Therefore,” he said, “a better solution for fuel filters, elastomer seals and components, and storage tanks.”

“There is no pricing difference for our customers and the fuel is sourced from vegetable oils, animal fats, and waste oils,” Ryder global fuel products director Chris Nordh told F&F.

An Excellent Transition Fuel’

“Cities must work with the private sector to reduce carbon pollution by transforming the energy we use to move people and goods,” San Francisco Department of the Environment director Debbie Raphael says in the Ryder announcement. “Renewable diesel is an excellent transition fuel as we move toward our zero-emission vehicle future powered by 100% renewable energy or biofuels.

“San Francisco led the nation in 2015 by switching our entire municipal fleet to renewable diesel, and we’ve been engaging private and public sector fleets, including Ryder, on the benefits of renewable diesel since,” Raphael said (F&F, December 11, 2015).

439 to Go

“By making the switch to renewable diesel, Ryder’s leadership is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 1,028 metric tons per year using current fuel volumes, improving air quality for everyone in the [San Francisco] Bay Area,” she added.

Ryder said that it operates 440 diesel fueling stations purchases more 275 million gallons of diesel fuel each year and provides other fuel services such as mobile fueling, fuel planning, fuel tax reporting, centralized billing, fuel cards, and fuel monitoring.

The company said too, that based on RD production levels and availability, it “will continue to monitor other markets with plans for expanding this offering.”

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Source: Ryder System with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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