Journey to Zero
12.07.2021

Keeping stores stocked with a much smaller carbon footprint

What's top of your mind when you pop into a convenience store? Most likely, it's the things you need to buy and the goal of a fast, hassle-free shopping trip. 

After all, convenient is in the title!

A company called Core-Mark International is also thinking about this each day. You may not be familiar with Core-Mark, but they play a big role in keeping convenience stores, well, convenient. 

They operate more than 1,500 trucks that deliver goods and food to nearly 40,000 convenience stores across the United States. 

Core-Mark is also thinking about bigger things - like the health of our planet. 

That's why they are taking bold steps to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and pollution from their operations in California. Powered by Neste MY Renewable Diesel™, Core-Mark’s entire 150+ diesel truck fleet in California now emits no new GHG emissions from the tailpipe, and contributes to cleaner air. 

“As part of Core-Mark’s Environmental and Climate Change Policy, we are continually seeking practical ways of increasing the efficiency of our fleet while reducing GHG emissions,” said Brian Johnston, Senior Director of Transportation, Core-Mark. “Using renewable diesel fuel presents a tremendous opportunity to live up to that policy. We look forward to procuring its use elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, when available.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is provided by Core-Mark’s longtime distributor Diesel Direct, the transportation industry’s largest dedicated national mobile refueling company. Together, Neste and Diesel Direct have established an industry leading renewable diesel distribution network in the U.S., able to supply more than 115 million gallons across multiple fueling sites from San Diego, California, to Portland, Oregon. 

Neste and Diesel Direct are expanding renewable diesel availability across the U.S. as demand continues to grow and more states adopt policies that encourage the use of low carbon fuels. 

“We are proud to help Core-Mark kick the oil habit in California, and look forward to expanding our partnership to get the rest of its existing diesel powered vehicles in Oregon, Washington and eventually across the country running on renewable diesel,” said Carrie Song, Vice President for Renewable Road Transport for Neste in North America. 

Since switching to Neste MY Renewable Diesel, Core-Mark has achieved a 4% increase in fuel efficiency.  Additionally, Core-Mark will realize reduced maintenance needs and costs because renewable diesel runs cleaner in engines, which is delivering cost savings roughly equivalent to 25 cents per gallon based on Core-Mark’s fleet profile.