San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee has announced that the city has completely ended its use of petroleum diesel in its fleet and replaced it with renewable diesel – a change the mayor says will achieve a 50% greenhouse-gas emissions reduction.
“San Francisco and cities worldwide must continue to lead by taking bold actions that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions immediately,” states Lee. “These actions cannot wait. San Francisco has ended its use of petroleum diesel to fill up the city’s fleet of vehicles and will significantly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and improve air quality for our residents immediately today.”
In July, Lee initially made the pledge to fully transition the city’s fleet to the cleaner fuel, and San Francisco has now completed the switch to renewable diesel at all 53 of the city-run fueling sites. The city maintains a robust fleet of vehicles, and 1,966 units that rely on diesel are affected by this change.
“The San Francisco Fire Department led a pilot program to change petroleum diesel to renewable diesel and found that it was a reliable replacement,” notes Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. “We are proud to be a part of our city’s leadership in fighting global climate change.”