Bay Area Fleets Commit to Renewable Diesel
In April, San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell announced that the Bay Area’s ferry fleet will be transitioning to renewable diesel, making the Bay Area the first region in the nation to fully adopt the fuel in water transit operations. Switching to renewable diesel can reduce greenhouse gas emission by 60% or more, and it can also reduce other emissions such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter. One ferry operator, Red and White Fleet, already made the switch in 2017, and the other operators including Golden Gate Ferry, Hornblower Cruises, Blue and Gold, and the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) will begin the transition process through 2019. The Port of San Francisco’s public fuel dock at Hyde Street Harbor will transition to renewable diesel in 2018, and the San Francisco Fire Department has committed to transition all fire boats to the fuel in 2018 as well. To reach this achievement, San Francisco Clean Cities Coalition and the City and County of San Francisco collaborated with every level of government, science-based organizations, fuel providers, and ferry engine manufacturers, demonstrating what is possible when the public and private sectors work together toward shared environmental goals.