Sprague Operating Resources LLC (Sprague) Introduces Renewable Diesel to NY Metro Area
08.23.2023 By Tank Terminals - NEWS

August 23, 2023 [Sprague]- With a heritage spanning 150+ years, Sprague proudly announces its latest step in meeting customer demands for lower carbon fuels. Consistently at the forefront of introducing new products, programs, and services to cater to evolving energy needs, Sprague now offers Renewable Diesel (RD) for both delivery and transport rack loading at their Bronx terminal, New York City’s largest storage and rack loading facility.


Sprague has championed advancements in transportation and heating fuels to reduce environmental footprints for its customers. As a natural progression, RD emerges as the next step in reducing emissions and embracing renewable energy without the need for costly investments in new infrastructure.

“We’ve always been committed to finding the best solutions for our customers. Renewable diesel aligns perfectly with our mission of providing cleaner, more sustainable energy options,” says David Glendon, President & CEO at Sprague.

Given its wide-ranging customer base, there is palpable enthusiasm surrounding the opportunity to diminish environmental impacts through the adoption of RD.

“In the Motion Picture Industry, renewable diesel has been successfully used on the west coast for years.  Now, with Sprague being the first to offer it on the east coast, our members would have the opportunity to operate their vehicles with a lowered emissions rate of up to 85%. This is a huge step not only for the Motion Picture Industry, but also the entire trucking industry toward achieving New York State’s climate goals,” shared Thomas J. O’Donnell, President of Theatrical Teamsters Local 817.

Sprague RD will enable customers to immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet their sustainability goals. “The New York League of Conservation Voters applauds Sprague for bringing Renewable Diesel to their Bronx terminal,” stated Julie Tighe, President of the NYLCV. “As the climate crisis grows more urgent by the day, it is increasingly important that we reduce our carbon emissions wherever and whenever possible and since fuels are an important part of that mix, Renewable Diesel has an important role to play.”

Unlike some transition fuels that require extensive equipment and fueling infrastructure changes, RD is a drop-in solution. “The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has a longstanding commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and has taken concrete steps to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its facilities. As we explore and implement best practices to achieve this goal, the use of renewable diesel has supported this effort with no operational impact,” said James Hineson, Sustainability Coordinator with the Port Authority.

Furthermore, RD’s versatility and efficiency make it suitable for a range of applications, meeting both environmental and operational needs. It meets the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) D – 975 specifications.

Sprague’s dedication to progress and sustainability is evident in its collaborations with other key partners like the Trucking Association of New York and Empire Clean Cities.

“We congratulate Sprague for proactively taking this step toward a more sustainable future,” said Kendra Hems, President of the Trucking Association of New York. “It is an important steppingstone toward reaching New York’s goal of reducing transportation related greenhouse gas emissions and supports the trucking industry’s commitment to reducing our carbon footprint.”

Joy Gardner, Executive Director Empire Clean Cities, shared a similar outlook. “New York City and Lower Hudson Valley’s Empire Clean Cities salutes Sprague on its continuing efforts to invest and supply lower carbon fuels to the region. Making renewable diesel readily available will allow fleets an opportunity to significantly reduce GHG emissions of legacy diesel vehicles and will have an immediate impact on the air we breathe. ”

While RD is currently available at the Bronx terminal, Sprague plans to expand its availability to other terminals as demand for RD increases.


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