With Argent’s recent switch from petroleum diesel to Neste MY Renewable Diesel ™, Argent can now add the elimination of fossil fuels from its vehicle and equipment fleet to its environmentally conscious business success list.
When researching electrically powered solutions for the Argent fleet’s carbon and emissions footprint, it became clear that the best solution would be low-carbon, sustainable, bio-based renewable diesel fuel, largely due to the harsh duty cycles of the trucks and equipment.
“We made the decision to switch to renewable diesel as soon as our quality and availability concerns were met,” he says Bill Crotinger, President of Argent Materials Inc. “Our environmental footprint and continued efforts to help our customers build more sustainable communities played a major role in our decision to use renewable diesel in our fleet. It was just another element of our philosophy, it wasn’t just to do. ” Doing the right thing but doing the right thing is a normal part of doing business. “
Argent has a fleet of around 20 pieces of equipment consisting of wheel loaders, excavators, bobcats, and some watercraft.
“Our experience was positive,” says Crotinger. “There is no change in engine performance. We love the renewable nature of this product. We have found that the exhaust appears cleaner and less toxic.”
All renewable products that Neste sells North America are made from 100% renewable and sustainably sourced waste such as used cooking oil, rendered fats and fats. This waste comes from meat processing plants, hotels, restaurants, sports stadiums and many other event locations with industrial kitchens.
Waste and residue materials are high in carbon, one of the main building blocks for renewable diesel. Importantly, this is carbon already present in the atmosphere, which means that Neste MY Renewable Diesel will not emit any new greenhouse gas emissions when used in its 100% pure form – or “properly” – in an engine.
The only new emissions arise during production operations, which Neste aims to make carbon neutral by 2035, and supply chain operations. In addition, Neste is researching and developing a new generation of raw materials that could further improve the climate benefits of renewable diesel – including municipal waste, algae, forest waste, and even the conversion of electrical power into liquids.
“We are very excited that Argent Materials has teamed up with thousands of other progressives California Businesses and cities to give up the oil habit and switch to Neste MY Renewable Diesel, “says Carrie Song, Vice President of Sales, Neste US, Inc.
Argent’s switch to renewable diesel is in line with Neste’s overall approach to environmental sustainability in transport and other economic sectors.
“Renewable diesel is a drop-in fuel that essentially turns an internal combustion engine into devices that help fight climate change and air pollution,” says Song. “As California moves towards a carbon neutral future, renewable diesel provides fleet operators with an affordable and fast way to stay ahead of emissions standards at no additional cost by converting their medium and heavy road vehicles from fossil fuels to fossil-free. Like Neste Argent is a leader in recycling solutions and is proactive about the environment. I am confident that Neste MY Renewable Diesel will not only provide a better fuel solution for Argent’s fleet, but also provide a distinct benefit in terms of significantly reducing their carbon footprint. “”
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is available in public and private fleets California through authorized dealers. Western States Oil, headquartered in San Jose, California.is the exclusive distributor of Neste MY Renewable Diesel to Argent Materials. The use of exclusive distributors ensures the integrity of the supply chain and guarantees its high quality.
Neste (NESTE, Nasdaq Helsinki) creates sustainable solutions for transportation, business and consumer needs. Our wide range of renewable products enables our customers to reduce climate emissions. We are the world’s largest manufacturer of renewable diesel from waste and residues, introducing renewable solutions for the aerospace and plastics industries. We are also a technologically advanced refiner of high quality oil products. We want to be a reliable partner with valuable expertise, research and sustainable operations. In 2019, Neste’s sales were around EUR 15.8 billion. In 2020, Neste was ranked 3rd on the Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world. Read more: neste.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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