The days of running on a single fuel source — specifically petroleum diesel — are nearly a thing of the past. Spurred by growing regulations and sustainability plans, fleets are increasingly turning to alternative fuels.
Rather than thinking about a straight replacement, fleets should adopt an integrated energy management (IEM) approach — a comprehensive strategy that considers available fuel sources and adopts any and all options that best meet their needs.
An IEM approach allows for a transition away from fossil fuels while taking into account the market readiness and affordability of various alternatives. This helps meet both short- and long-term business objectives and incorporates more types of cleaner energy sources to help achieve sustainability goals. Diversifying energy sources also reduces the risk of being dependent on any one fuel.
Biodiesel and renewable diesel are proven solutions for an integrated energy management approach, with fleets running millions of miles a year on these drop-in fuels.
Then there are the environmental benefits. This blend can reduce particulate matter by over 40%, carbon monoxide by over 25%, total hydrocarbons by over 20% and nitrogen oxides by approximately 10% compared with ULSD.3
IEM in action
3 For a blend of 80% renewable diesel and 20% biodiesel. Data based on California Air Resources Board assessments compared to federal ULSD.
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