The Pasadena Fire Department, a California city northeast of Los Angeles, switched much of its fleet of apparatus from operating on petroleum diesel to using Neste MY Renewable Diesel, produced by the Finnish company Neste. The department plans to transition all its fleet apparatus to renewable diesel by 2019.
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon diesel produced from 100 percent renewable and sustainable raw materials, such as waste animal and fish fat, vegetable oils and used cooking oil. “It emits up to 80 percent less carbon when compared to petroleum diesel, all while enhancing fleet performance”, Neste claims. Unlike biodiesel, Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a drop-in fuel that requires no blending and is compatible with all diesel engines.
The switch to renewable diesel fuel has contributed to the city’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint.
“We have received very positive feedback from personnel assigned to the apparatus. Firefighters and engineers have reported a reduction in vapors they are exposed to while fueling the trucks. It has been a huge step forward for the health and safety of our firefighters and community,” said Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington.
“We are so proud to be supporting Pasadena Fire Department’s first responders with this clean, safe and odorless fuel that reduce fumes and is less harmful to the environment and especially to those risking their lives for their communities each day,” stated Jeremy Baines, Vice President of Sales, Neste US, Inc.