As part of its commitment to provide sustainable products to its customers, Carson has long sought a reliable, permanent renewable diesel fuel source to help its customers affordably comply with regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon’s transportation sector.
Today, Carson announced that it had achieved this goal by extending its renewable diesel agreement with Neste – expanding it into a multi-year contract. Through this partnership, Carson will continue to provide its extensive government and commercial customer base across the Pacific Northwest with a reliable supply of Neste MY Renewable Diesel at a competitive price.
Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, was one of the first companies to introduce renewable diesel into Oregon after adopting its Clean Fuels Program. Neste MY Renewable Diesel delivers up to 80% less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over its life cycle than fossil diesel. Additionally, the fuel is shown to deliver superior performance and reduce maintenance costs.
“This new, long term partnership with Carson is part of our commitment to bring more renewable diesel into Oregon,” says Carrie Song, vice president for Renewable Road Transport for Neste in North America. “We are proud to play our part in helping keep the state’s vitally important large, heavy road vehicles – whether they are big rigs, emergency response vehicles, or construction equipment – moving with less greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.”
Jeff Rouse, Carson’s VP of Business Development, agrees: “Through our partnership with Neste we’ve hit upon not just a quality fuel that’s good for the environment, but a fuel that is good for our customers’ equipment and fleets as well.”
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is made from renewable and sustainably sourced waste materials such as used cooking oil and grease, not crude oil. The company collects this waste from thousands of hotels, restaurants, stadiums, and other venues with industrial kitchens across North America. Renewable diesel is different from other biofuels, as it can be safely used either in the neat form with no engine modifications.
Because Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a “drop-in” fuel, fully compatible with all diesel engines and the existing fuel distribution infrastructure, it requires no special equipment or modification to transition fleets away from fossil fuels. This makes it an accessible way for governments and businesses to more quickly achieve their climate or sustainability goals by immediately reducing emissions and phasing out the use of fossil fuels.
While similar in chemical composition to fossil diesel, Neste MY Renewable Diesel is unique when it comes to performance. Because it contains no impurities, it combusts more efficiently, and engines run cleaner. As a result, vehicles that use Neste MY Renewable Diesel typically require less maintenance.
Beyond improved performance and lowered emissions, Neste MY Renewable Diesel performs better in icy conditions (down to -4°F/-20°C) and can be stored over longer periods of time without deterioration in quality or water accumulation when compared to fossil diesel. For businesses with a lot of variety in usage during different seasons, this can bring substantial savings in fuel costs.
“We have uncovered absolutely no performance hiccups by switching to renewable diesel — it’s almost too good to be true,” reported Gary Lentsch, Carson customer, and fleet manager, Eugene Water & Electric Board.
A member of the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition, Carson looks forward to contributing to advancing environmentally responsible, sustainable, and renewable fuel sources for its Oregon customers through its partnership with Neste MY Renewable Diesel.