The Parish of St Saviour is delighted to have become the first Parish in Jersey to partner up with their fuel supplier Rubis to make the switch to 100% Renewable Diesel for its recycling trucks.
Aligning with the Government of Jersey Carbon Neutrality Strategy, Constable Le Sueur-Rennard of the Parish of St Saviour commented, “We are delighted to be the first Parish to use this revolutionary new fuel, and lead by example. The recycling division is part of our Parish’s commitment to make Jersey a greener place. Therefore, it’s only right that we also try to minimise its impact on our local environment. Using RD100 can make an immediate positive difference”.
100% Renewable Diesel is supplied solely by Rubis in the Channel Islands, under the name RD100. Made entirely from 100% renewable materials, the revolutionary new fuel outperforms other biodiesels and fossil diesel and will cut global carbon emissions from diesel engines by up to 90% over its lifecycle.
Nick Crolla, Head of Sales and Marketing at Rubis, said, “Following the support, and demand, from businesses who want to promote behavioural change and make the switch to renewable diesel, the team at Rubis is delighted to have worked with the Parish of St Saviour Recycling Division as they made the switch from traditional diesel to RD100”.
An ongoing problem for local motorists with diesel engines is the maintenance of their diesel particulate filters (DPF). In Jersey, where journeys are shorter, engines are often unable to reach and maintain their optimum temperature for the filters to work effectively.
Instead, regular cleaning or even replacements are required. But renewable diesel promises to assist in this ongoing maintenance and reduce costs, prolonging the use of these filters and improving fuel consumption due to the fuel’s clean properties.
Nick continued: “Many diesel fleet operators already using RD100 are reporting better engine performance and cleaner exhaust fumes. The Government of Jersey has committed to pursuing a net zero carbon policy. One of the largest producers of carbon dioxide is road transport. We firmly believe that Government needs to follow the actions of other jurisdictions selling HVO (this type of biofuel) and reduce import duty to encourage more islanders to make the switch”.
RD100 is clear, odourless and is refined from 100% renewable sources such as vegetable oils from rapeseed, sunflower and soybean, and waste fats such as animal fats or used cooking oil. It has better combustion and cold temperature resistance meaning it is better for diesel vehicles, particularly in Jersey where journeys are short, and engines don’t reach full operating temperature. RD100 can replace fossil diesel today.