Over 1k NYC Government Vehicles to use 99% Petroleum-Free Fuel

In a move that is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 60 percent, NYC has partnered up with Renewable Energy Group (REG) to replace the fuel used in the City’s fleet with a renewable diesel product that is made almost exclusively of plants and animal fats, with just one percent of its contents derived from petroleum. This new fuel will power city vehicles to drive 11.3 million miles with reduced emissions, according to the City.

The initiative, which was announced by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) during the first week of May at a Biofuels Forum hosted by DCAS and the NYC Parks Department, is part of Mayer Bill de Blasio’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York City by at least 80 percent by 2050.

Lisette Camilo, Commissioner of the DCAS remarked, “New York City government has the cleanest and greenest vehicle fleet in the country and we are proud to lead the way.” New York City will be one of the first fleets to use renewable diesel in the northeast. Currently, San Francisco uses renewable diesel for its entire municipal fleet.

NYC has been at the forefront of the clean fuels movement, and will continue doing its part to bring cleaner fuels to its residents and businesses. Renewable diesel is an exciting new step in the right direction for New York and the heating oil industry, and NYSEC's dealer members are thrilled to be a part of it.