Ecology, a transportation and logistics company in California, has switched its fleet of more than 600 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel and is reporting cleaner fuel filters, fewer maintenance problems and reductions in tailpipe emissions.
Ecology is one of the largest trucking and transportation companies in the Western United States, providing services for bulk waste and recyclables, heavy haul and oversize loads and containers to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Ecology is also a large transporter of bulk waste and recycling materials, moving millions of pounds to disposal or recycling facilities every year.
"Neste MY Renewable Diesel is excellent for use in our on-road and off-road diesel applications for light, medium and heavy use," said Greg Evans, Ecology fleet manager, in a statement. "The product is easy to use, it's very flexible; best of all, there's no additional cost to receive the product as we don't have to change our infrastructure.”
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon fuel produced from 100 percent renewable and sustainable raw materials, primarily wastes and residues. According to the company, it cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent, reduces tailpipe emissions, in particular NOx and carbon monoxide, and has no odor. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a drop-in fuel that requires no blending, no engine modification and is compatible with all current infrastructure.
Evans said he was initially reluctant to switch to renewable diesel due to the fear of mechanical failures and warranty issues and that there wasn’t enough information yet about the product from engine manufacturers. The decision to switch was cautiously made after he learned it meets PACCAR OEM specifications and sought out user references and best practices from other fleet managers who experienced good results.
"What I like most about this product is that it meets and satisfies our concerns that our engine warranties will not be voided," said Evans. "That is one less thing for me and mechanics to worry about.”
"The reduction of tailpipe emissions and the environmental improvements as a result are also very important to Ecology. That helps us meet our contractual obligations with clients who require us to transport their goods with clean-burning fuel," he added.
With the goal of empowering commercial fleet vehicles, city sanitation, city transportation, utility companies and schools to become more environmentally responsible by making clean and renewable fuel readily available, Neste has been creating cleaner renewable fuels and supplying the California market.
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is available to public and private fleets in California through authorized distributors. IPC, Inc., based in Santa Ana, Calif., is the exclusive distributor of Neste MY Renewable Diesel to Ecology.