Falls in carbon emissions from California’s transportation industry are being driven by the shift to bio-based diesel fuels, a new report shows.

Data from California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Low Carbon Fuel Standard program highlight that in 2018 a reduction of 4.3 million tons of carbon dioxide in the state can be attributed to the transition to bio-based fuels, like Neste MY Renewable Diesel™. It is the only time since the program launched in 2011 that it has surpassed the reduction from ethanol. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is made with ‘100% renewable and sustainable raw materials, primarily wastes and residues’ – and can can emissions by up to 80%. The drop-in fuel is also compatible with all diesel engines.

“This study from CARB is a welcome confirmation: renewable diesel can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make an immediate contribution to the reduction of California’s carbon footprint all while using existing infrastructure and without further investments,” says Jeremy Baines, Vice President, Neste US Inc. “Transportation is currently the leading cause of carbon emissions in the US, and as such is a conspicuous starting point for change. As this study demonstrates, diesel operators can reduce their lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions already today, simply by switching to renewable diesel. At Neste, we believe strongly in renewables, and we have made a significant investment to increase our renewable products production capacity by 2022.”