29 June 2016

3 reasons why cities should switch to renewable diesel

Published in Releases and news

Neste Corporation
29 June 2016


  1. Instantly smaller carbon footprint

Considering emissions throughout the entire fuel life cycle, vehicles that use renewable diesel cause considerably less carbon emissions than fossil diesel. The progressive and ambitious City of San Francisco, for example, has already seen a significant overall drop in its greenhouse gas emissions since its entire city vehicle fleet switched from fossil-based diesel to Neste Renewable Diesel in December 2015.

The use of pure, premium-quality, low-carbon Neste Renewable Diesel cuts carbon emissions by up to 90%* compared to conventional diesel. Believe it or not, when produced from waste and residue raw materials, its use may lower traffic-related carbon emissions even more than electric-powered vehicles** if the electricity is not from renewable sources.

  1. Cleaner air for everyone

In addition to significant carbon reduction potential, Neste Renewable Diesel offers a cost-effective solution for reducing traffic-related local emissions and improving local air quality in cities:

  • 33% lower levels of fine particulates (and a smaller number of particulates in general)
  • 9% less nitrogen oxides (NOx)
  • 30% less hydrocarbons (HC)
  • 24% lower CO emissions and reduced levels of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH).

Local emissions can, of course, be reduced effectively also by investing in a new fleet, for example, in vehicles with electric engines or the most modern diesel engines. However, if such investment is not an option and there is a need to reduce harmful emissions immediately, Neste Renewable Diesel offers a drop-in solution that the existing vehicles can use right away. The older and less developed the engines, the clearer the emission-cutting benefits from Neste Renewable Diesel are. 

  1. No new equipment required

Neste Renewable Diesel can be used with all existing equipment and engines. This means that there is no need to invest in new vehicles or fleet, or to modify the engines, fuel tanks or the fuel distribution system as a whole. This makes the switch to renewable diesel very easy for cities looking for more environmentally friendly options.

*) Based on calculations conducted according to EU Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED).
**) JEC Well-to-Wheels analysis of future automotive fuels and power trains in the European context. WELL-to-Wheels Report and Appendix 1 - Version 4.a, January 2014.