East County News Service
May 21, 2019 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa’s diesel fleet now runs on renewable diesel, an environmentally sustainable, non-petroleum fuel sourced from food waste and agricultural products.
The change to renewable diesel will reduce greenhouse emissions from the City’s diesel fleet by approximately 65%.
The City’s diesel powered fire, safety, and heavy duty equipment collectively use more than 22,000 gallons of fuel each year. As a “drop-in” fuel, the renewable diesel it requires no special preparation to city fuel tanks or vehicles and offers both maintenance and environmental benefits.
This initiative supports implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan, which aims to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035. The Plan was adopted by the La Mesa City Council in March 2018 and includes efforts to reduce emissions from the City’s fleet.
La Mesa joins other cities in the region that have made the switch to renewable diesel, including Carlsbad, San Diego, and the County of San Diego.
For more information about the City’s Climate Action Plan, visit cityoflamesa.us/1488/Climate-Action.