November 14, 2018 | Fleet Management Weekly
The NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) today announced that it will expand use of renewable diesel fuel, a 99% petroleum-free alternative to traditional diesel fuel. The fuel reduces CO2 emissions by 65% compared to the petroleum-based version. This move is part of the City’s efforts to phase out its use of regular diesel.
The City plans to bid a long-term contract to purchase renewable diesel following a successful six-month demonstration period in which the City tested nearly one million gallons of renewable diesel in City fleet vehicles. Each year, City fleet units use up to 17 million gallons of diesel that could be displaced through this initiative.
“The climate crisis is real and it’s urgent, and that is why the City of New York is leading the way on reducing carbon emissions,” said Lisette Camilo, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. “Renewable diesel is 99% petroleum-free and helps keep fossil fuels in the ground and emissions out of our air.”
“Every time we choose to reinforce our reliance on fossil fuels for transportation, we choose to pollute our air and accelerate the current climate crisis,” said Mark Chambers, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “By transitioning away from traditional fuels and focusing on clean, effective alternatives like renewable diesel, New York City is prioritizing the health of our communities and choosing better for our shared planet.”