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“As most school districts in California, we are doing whatever we can to help control greenhouse gas emissions and have a clean running, sustainable fleet.”

Tim Shannon
Director of Transportation, Twin Rivers Unified School District

 

Reducing 523 metric tons CO2e annually

 

Fewer maintenance costs
and parts replacement

 

Easy switch
as everything is completely compatible

Twin Rivers is proud of making a real difference by running a completely sustainable and alternative fuel operation

In northern Sacramento County, California, Twin Rivers Unified School District proudly serves over 26,000 students who come from families that speak 46 different languages. In addition to its commitment to ensuring all students are ready for college and career pathways, the district also strives to support the health and well-being of them. In October 2020, Twin Rivers achieved a major milestone in its climate action plan by switching 75 diesel-powered school buses to run on renewable diesel fuel provided by Neste, making its fleet one of the cleanest in the country.

3 challenges faced by Twin Rivers

  1. Complete major milestone in its climate action plan to make its fleet one of the cleanest in the country.
  2. Use existing diesel vehicles, without any modifications or changes. Full compatibility.
  3. Reduce maintenance costs

 “Since switching to renewable diesel, we have noticed fewer maintenance costs and parts replacement. As this fuel is a cleaner fuel, it does not cost as much oil pollution, so our engine oil is going further.” 
- Daniel Beam, Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor

Solution

Twin Rivers switched all its diesel-powered buses to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel in October 2020. Since the switch, Twin Rivers and Neste have kept 523 metric tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere each year, which is equal to planting 8,648 trees. 

How was the switch?

“The switch from conventional diesel to renewable diesel is completely painless. You don’t have to change any of the components in the vehicles, you don’t have to change anything in the pumps. Everything is completely compatible. It’s something that allows us to make a difference without making a huge change.” 
-- Daniel Beam, Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor 

What are the other implications to the total cost of switching?

“Since switching to renewable diesel, we have noticed fewer maintenance costs and parts replacement. As this fuel is a cleaner fuel, it does not cost as much oil pollution, so our engine oil is going further. It is lasting longer. It is better for the community, for your equipment, it will save you money, not only in the long run, but also in the short run as well.”

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