Calif. City Converts Municipal Fleet to Renewable Diesel


The City of Walnut Creek, Calif., has converted its entire diesel-powered fleet to renewable diesel.

Walnut Creek's switch to renewable diesel will reduce the city's diesel emissions by more than 60%, lower the city's petroleum fuel needs by more than 20,000 gallons and continue efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, according to Joe Jorgensen, fleet supervisor.

The city has 60 diesel-powered vehicles and equipment, including street sweepers, dump trucks, tractors and mowers.

In 2012, Walnut Creek adopted a climate action plan with an overall greenhouse gas reduction goal of 15% below 2005 levels by the year 2020.

Notably, also in California, San Francisco recently announced plans to phase out the use of petroleum diesel in its municipal fleet and replace it with renewable diesel by year's end.

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