Utility burns renewable diesel to drive environmental sustainability


In the US state of North Carolina, utility Charlotte Water has partnered with Renewable Energy Group to reduce its carbon footprint by making use of renewable diesel to fuel its vehicles.

Charlotte Water has been piloting the benefits of the renewable diesel by powering thirty-four vehicles with the fuel as from May 2019.

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The utility reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 75 tons during the first threee months of the trial, equivalent to the carbon emissions of an average passenger vehicle driven over 183,000 miles.

Charlotte Water expects to avoid 300 tons of carbon emissions over a period of 12 months.

Kathy Gibson, Fleet Manager at Charlotte Water, said:“As a public utility, we believe we have an obligation to protect the environment.

“Fueling diesel vehicles with 100% renewable diesel instead of petroleum diesel is a way to promote sustainability in the communities we serve, and the results have been very encouraging.”

Renewable diesel is an alternative to traditional diesel fuel that is made from renewable resources and reduces particulate matter by nearly 40%, carbon monoxide by 25%, nitrogen oxides by 15% and total hydrocarbons by over 10%.

Charlotte Water serves over 1 million customers in the city of Charlotte.