Neste, a global producer of renewable diesel and the largest renewable diesel supplier into California, has opened two new Neste MY Renewable Diesel fueling stations in southern California – Lakeside and West Sacramento. The company’s ambition is to create a renewable diesel fueling network across the US West Coast, with stations planned and already in operation throughout California and Oregon.
“Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a triple win for any fleet operator with vehicles on the road in California,” said Carrie Song, vice president renewable road transportation, North America. “It cuts greenhouse gas emissions, can give you a competitive edge when bidding on contracts with customers that have set bold climate goals, and will help future-proof your fleet as new regulations limiting tailpipe emissions come into effect.”
Neste is working with partners to establish a green fuel hub in California, ensuring a continuous, secure supply of Neste MY Renewable Diesel. To date, Neste has provided more than 1.5 billion gallons of renewable diesel to California businesses and cities, delivering the same climate benefits as building about 2500 wind turbines or planting 202 million trees, the company said.
Created using a hydrotreating process, renewable diesel is a pure hydrocarbon diesel fuel with a similar chemical composition to fossil diesel, which is what allows the fuel to be used as a drop-in replacement. The two big differences are that renewable diesel does not have the most harmful components of fossil diesel (like aromatics), and it is made from renewable feedstocks instead of crude oil. Other biofuels, like biodiesel, have a chemical composition that differs from both fossil and renewable diesel.
Neste MY Renewable Diesel works with existing engines and fueling infrastructure, with no extra costs to use, the company said. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved Neste My Renewable Diesel as a direct replacement for fossil diesel. In addition, engine makers such as John Deere, Cummins, Mack, and Volvo have certified the use of renewable diesel in their engines.
Headquartered in Helsinki, Neste is the largest producer of renewable diesel and jet fuel in the world. The company’s proprietary NEXBTL technology is used to turn a wide variety of renewable fats and oils into premium fuels. Neste’s renewable diesel facilities in Singapore and Rotterdam have combined renewable diesel production capacity of 3 million tons per year.