This Californian cruise company has its CO₂ emissions at bay

Coastal areas and archipelagos feature some of the most fragile ecosystems, that are under threat from climate change. Could renewable fuels help save these unique environments by reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of transportation?

Progressive countries and cities, especially in the Nordics, are currently setting ambitious CO2 reduction targets. Copenhagen is aiming for carbon-neutrality by 2025, Oslo by 2030 and Helsinki by 2035. Sweden hopes to become entirely carbon-neutral by 2045.

On the other side of the pond, San Francisco has been a forerunner in protecting the climate and environment from human impact for a good  . The city is set to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions with 40% by 2025, and 80% by 2050. Just last year, it reached its first climate goal by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 28% from 1990 to 2017.

Keep the Bay clean

San Francisco is known as “the city by the bay”. The Bay Area is home to a variety of wildlife and delicate ecosystems, that need a clean environment to survive and thrive. However, rising sea levels due to climate warming, and the degradation of wetlands threat to destroy this unique environment.

An approximate 45% of San Francisco’s greenhouse gas emissions are generated by transportation. In addition to ground traffic pollution, the city is home to a numerable recreational cruise fleet. Pollution from cruise ships is generated by diesel engines that burn high sulfur content fuel oil, producing emissions such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate, in addition to carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and hydrocarbons.

A Proactive approach

Red and White Fleet is a sightseeing cruise company, whose proactive approach to protecting the fragile Bay ecosystem sets them apart. In April, Red & White switched its entire fleet of vessels from operating on fossil-based conventional diesel to using Neste MY Renewable Diesel™, made 100% from renewable raw materials.

The use of Neste MY Renewable Diesel offered the reliability, performance and affordability that is critical to the success of Red & White Fleet’s business. But importantly for the Bay, the use of Neste MY Renewable Diesel cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%, when compared with fossil diesel.

Cleaner bays, better world

To safeguard a clean future for bay areas around the world, waterway transportation should always be safe, sustainable and odor free. Renewable solutions help protect the fragile ecosystems in these areas, that are not only vital in themselves, but also for our well-being.

We have embarked on a journey towards a carbon neutral future. However, it takes more than one to reach zero. Together with our partners, Neste will explore new ideas and steer the world towards a better future.