The company says in addition to cutting transportation carbon emissions, its renewable diesel is also reducing other air pollutants, such as particulates or nitrogen oxides (NOx), in several Californian cities, at the Hamburg International Airport, as well as in various public events, such as Super Bowl 50 in 2016.
“The use of this fuel does not require any vehicle-related investments or modifications,” said Kaisa Hietala, executive vice president, renewable products at Neste. “It is suitable for all diesel-powered passenger cars, as well as for use in heavy transport, such as in buses, garbage trucks, emergency vehicles, and long-haul trucks, among others.”
The company says it produces its renewable products from over 10 different raw materials. Nearly 80 percent of the company’s renewable products are based on waste and residues.
Neste 100 percent renewable diesel can cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 percent over the lifecycle of the product compared to conventional diesel, the company says. Neste also claims that the fuel outperforms both conventional biodiesel (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester i.e. FAME) and even conventional fossil diesel in terms of engine performance and environmental impact.
In other efforts to reduce transportation emissions, some corporate fleets are converting their diesel trucks to compressed natural gas (CNG). This also helps lower fuel and operational costs, fleet owners say.
For example, Waitrose last month introduced a fleet of biomethane CNG trucks with a range of up to 500 miles. Each of Waitrose’s new Scania CNG trucks cost 50 percent more than one that runs on diesel, but will repay the extra costs in two to three years with fuel savings of $18,705 to $24,940 a year, depending on mileage.
UPS and Ryder are among the US corporate fleets to use biomethane-powered trucks.