Renewable Diesel for VUSD Fleet Makes Healthier Communities
(The Vista Press) Imagine an alternative diesel fuel that reduces carbon emission levels, improves air quality, and performs as well as and costs less than current fuel. If you’re thinking this sounds too good to be true, you’d be wrong. Renewable diesel not only exists, but it can now be found in Vista Unified School District buses and other fleet vehicles! Keep reading, we haven’t even listed all the benefits yet.
The specific product used in Vista Unified’s fleet is called Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Neste is the world’s leader in renewable diesel. In 2016, this product cut global carbon emissions by 6.7 million tons. Now available in California, Neste MY Renewable Diesel can help the most populous state reduce its carbon footprint.
Samples of diesel taken from the VUSD fefueling island showing a progressively higher percentage of renewable diesel as the older diesel is used up.
The switch to renewable diesel for Vista Unified Department of Transportation officially happened on March 16, 2018. Bill Weisberg, Director of Transportation at Vista Unified, is excited about the switch. One of the most obvious reasons he’s excited is the reduced cost.
“We have been tracking the price per gallon of this renewable diesel over the past 45 days and comparing it to the standard Type 2 CARB biodiesel that we were previously using,” he says. “We have seen very comparable prices, sometimes even a price reduction.”
On top of this, Weisberg expects the anticipated expenses of maintaining the 53 diesel buses will be reduced.
Together, these changes to fuel helps Vista Unified School District create a better environment, a better school community, support the local economy, and save money. READ MORE