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San Leandro switches its municipal vehicles to use renewable diesel

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The City of San Leandro, a suburban city in Alameda County, California has switched all municipal vehicles from using petroleum diesel to only running on Neste MY Renewable Diesel.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon fuel produced from renewable and sustainable raw materials. Neste says its diesel cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% while enhancing fleet performance. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a drop-in fuel that requires no blending.

"This was one easy change that we could make ourselves," said Debbie Pollart, public works manager for the City of San Leandro. "Municipal operations need to be the leader in shifting the mind-set of residents and businesses that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a worthy effort that involves everyone."

San Leandro operates around 160 vehicles, ranging from four-door passenger sedans to half and one-ton trucks, two and three-axle dumps, tractors, street sweepers, box vans, front-loaders, skid steer and a variety of aerial lift trucks.

The city decided to make the switch as part of the city's climate action plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% below 2005 levels by the year 2020.

Western States Oil, based in San Jose, California, is the exclusive distributor of Neste MY Renewable Diesel to the City of San Leandro. The company says that using exclusive distributors ensures supply chain integrity and guarantees the high quality of the diesel.