The city, Neste, fuel distributor Western States Oil, and local collectors for used cooking oil joined forces to gather waste cooking oils from restaurants and other businesses in the Oakland metropolitan area and convert it to fuel the city’s fleet. By making waste more valuable and supporting jobs that collect and treat it, this concept helps the local economy in the city while the cleaner-burning renewable diesel improves the lives of its residents by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the city’s fleet.
The Neste MY Renewable Diesel being produced is a low-carbon fuel produced from 100% renewable and sustainable raw materials, primarily wastes and residues. It cuts engine-out emissions of nitrogen oxides by 9%, those of carbon monoxide by 24%, and fine particulates by 33%, according to Neste.
The concept by the City of Oakland and Neste saves greenhouse gas emissions by 74% compared to conventional fossil diesel. Renewable diesel is a direct replacement fuel that requires no blending and is compatible with all diesel engines.