What Is Renewable Diesel?

Clearing the air about this powerful, alternative fuel.

 

It’s easy to confuse renewable diesel with other, similar-sounding fuel types on the market. Is it a type of petroleum diesel, or just another name for biodiesel? Or is it something else entirely?

Renewable diesel is a premium-quality diesel fuel that’s made completely from renewable and sustainable biomass, including wastes and residues from animal and fish fat, as well as used cooking oils and vegetable oils. As a result, it’s significantly better for the environment than petroleum diesel, yet has the same chemical composition, meaning it delivers the same excellent performance and can be implemented in any diesel-powered vehicle without any change in infrastructure. Plus, this premium fuel meets all ASTM D975 and state and federal diesel specifications.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the key ways in which renewable diesel differs from petroleum diesel and biodiesel.

 

  • Clean-burning means power

    With an exceptional cetane number ranging from 75 to 85, renewable diesel burns more cleanly than diesel, enabling engines to have better throttle response, start up quickly in cold conditions and consume less fuel at low loads. By comparison, while petroleum diesel’s cetane number is mandated to be higher than 53 in California, it can be as low as 40 in other areas.

  • Easy conversion

    Since renewable diesel has the same chemical composition as petroleum diesel, making the switch to renewable diesel requires no additional investment or modifications to the vehicle, to fuel systems or fuel-distribution infrastructures.

  • No odor

    Unlike petroleum diesel and biodiesel, renewable diesel has absolutely no odor, making it less harmful for drivers, handlers and the environment. Your drivers won't be inhaling harmful fumes all day or going home smelling like diesel.

  • Lower greenhouse gas emissions

    Renewable diesel significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions—including fine particulates, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen-oxide emissions—compared to petroleum diesel and biodiesel.1 In fact, filling a truck with renewable diesel for just one year is equivalent to taking two to three cars off the road.2

  • Lower maintenance costs

    Petroleum diesel and biodiesel contain aromatics and impurities that contaminate oil, foul fuel injectors and clog DPF filters. Renewable diesel contains no impurities, which enables vehicles to run more efficiently and lowers routine maintenance costs.

  • Can be used and stored in cold conditions

    Petroleum diesel and biodiesel contain aromatics and impurities that contaminate oil, foul fuel injectors and clog DPF filters. Renewable diesel contains no impurities, which enables vehicles to run more efficiently and lowers routine maintenance costs.

Renewable diesel is an innovative, drop-in fuel option that allows you to significantly cut your carbon footprint without sacrificing the performance you’ve come to expect from traditional diesel. So when it comes to helping the planet, and your bottom line, renewable diesel provides the best of both worlds.


[1] https://www.neste.com/en/what-difference-between-renewable-diesel-and-tr...
[2] Neste Impact Calculator (https://www.neste.us/serious-sustainability)
[3] https://www.neste.com/en/what-difference-between-renewable-diesel-and-tr...