Renewable Diesel


Driving change: meet RD100, our 100% renewable diesel

Rubis, the Channel Islands’ most forward-thinking fuel distributor, offers an advanced biofuel, as an immediate solution to reduce carbon emissions. RD100 is a clear and odourless fuel which 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.

After Scandinavia and Baltic countries, the Channel Islands will become only the 11th place in the world to offer the new fuel, which is branded locally RD100.

What are the benefits of using RD100?

Improved air quality
Improved air quality

24% lower carbon monoxide (CO) emissions

High performance
High performance

Efficient combustion and more power

Easy to use
Easy to use

Fully compatible with the existing fuel distribution infrastructure

No blending limits
No blending limits

Can be blended with conventional diesel

Storage properties
Storage properties

Can be stored without deterioration


Sulphur-free, oxygen-free, and aromatics-free.

Weather performance
Weather performance

Suitable for very cold weather

Be a driver of change by switching to our renewable diesel

RD100 is just one of the ways Rubis are delivering solutions using multiple energy sources to make our islands cleaner for tomorrow. Find out how you can go greener by switching to 100% Renewable Diesel.

Available near you

RD100 is available at selected forecourts in Jersey and Guernsey. Find your nearest now.


RD100 is a clear and odourless fuel which 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.

Rubis are currently supplying selected forecourts in Jersey and Guernsey with more forecourts expected to come on board shortly:

Jersey: Falles Airport Garage, Rubis First Tower, Rubis Sion 

Guernsey: Trev’s Motorcycles, Forest Road Garage, Thompsons Motors, M&S St, Martins Garage

We can also supply direct to businesses in both islands for their fleet vehicles.

RD100 will help reduce local traffic emissions, in particular with cans and trucks in town. This is especially beneficial when you consider most local drivers make short journeys and spend a lot of time in traffic congestion, especially at the start and end of the day. Scientific studies show that when RD100 is used in its 100% renewable form it can result in: 

– 33% lower levels of fine particulates

– 9% less nitrogen oxide

– 30% less hydrocarbons

– 24% lower carbon monoxide emissions 

– Reduced level of polyaromatic hydrocarbons

RD100 will help reduce carbon emissions immediately and the older and less developed engine is, the greater the impact will be.

– 33% lower levels of fine particulates 

– 9% less nitrogen oxide

– 30% less hydrocarbons

– 24% lower carbon monoxide emissions

– Reduced levels of polyaromatic hydrocarbons 

RD100 is produced using waste fats, residues and vegetable oils and is classified as a Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil. RD100 has an identical chemical structure to regular diesel and can therefore replace fossil diesel today. It has better combustion, filterability and cold temperature resistance meaning it is better for diesel vehicles, particularly in Jersey where most journeys are short, and engines don’t always reach full operating temperature.

RD100 uses the same feedstocks as FAME but a different refining process that removes some of the issues experienced with FAME such as microbiological growth, long-term stability problems, water contamination and in some circumstances, higher vehicle maintenance costs

Yes, RD100 contains a small amount of palm oil, up to 7% in 2021. We have the intention of 0% palm oil in RD100 by 2023. 

We have selected to work with a refinery that only uses a small amount of sustainably grown palm oil. The palm oil is sourced from farms which are traced and audited and only use trees which are over 10 years old. 

The refinery, Neste, is a member of RSPO and the palm oil used is RSPO certified. Neste requires all their palm oil suppliers to be members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) organization. The organization requires its members to commit themselves to respecting human rights and protecting rainforests. 

The WWF highlights that as the palm oil is RSPO certified it ‘give you the confidence that the palm oil was produced in a socially and environmentally responsible way.’ More from the WWF can be found here.

Renewable Diesel is available from many distributors and refiners , some of them still use a significant proportion of palm oil in there feedstock.

That is why Rubis has decided to source its Renewable Diesel directly from Neste, a company who has managed to transform from a regional oil refining company into a global leader in renewable fuels.

Neste’ raw material feedstock is made of more than ten different raw materials and is focusing on waste and residue oils. However Palm Oil still accounts for approximately 20% of the raw material feedstock.
All of it is certified and fully traceable and represents less than 0.5% of the global consumption of palm oil, and less than 3% of the global consumption within the biofuel industry.

Traceability goes all the way to the plantation level. Oil is sourced carefully from screened, responsible producers in Malaysia and Indonesia that are committed to certification and principles of sustainability. Palm oil is sourced directly from the producer companies instead of purchasing separate certificates from the world market.

Rubis and Neste share the same value of regularly engaging directly with their own suppliers. Buying directly provides better transparency and influence in the supply chain – the more direct the supply chain, the better.
Rubis chose Neste because they transparently disclose their forest footprint as part of the CDP Forests program.

In January 2019, Neste’s deforestation risk management performance was evaluated as belonging to the leading performers lists.

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RD100 can be added to your tank now and drivers of diesel vehicles can start to reduce their emissions immediately. RD100 is fully compatible with the existing fuel distribution infrastructure. It can be used as 100% renewable diesel or blended with conventional diesel, which means you can put it in your tank now and there is no need for any modifications to your vehicle.
If you have any concerns it is always worth speaking with your vehicle manufacturer.

RD100 may actually improve your engine performance because it has a higher cetane rating than conventional diesel (70 vs 50) and therefore operates more efficiently with cleaner combustion.

Unlike some 1st generation biofuels containing FAME, which are blended into fossil fuels, RD100 does not have to be blended and meets the toughest requirements set by the automotive industry, avoiding the storage issues sometimes associated with them. It is fully compatible with all modern diesel engines in cars, buses, trucks and non-road machinery and is also suitable for marine and shipping clients, who have so far had to avoid using biofuels with FAME.

At a local level the exhaust emissions will improve air quality when compared to 1st generation biofuels and fossil diesel; there is a significant reduction in particulates, NOx and carbon monoxide. Then at a global level the carbon emissions are reduced by up to 90%, due to no new carbon being released in the atmosphere during the lifecycle of the fuel, creating a virtuous global carbon cycle.

At the moment everyone is talking about electric vehicles and, of course, they are one option as part of the mix of opportunities to cut carbon emissions. But they are expensive to buy, not in plentiful supply and may not be the best long-term solution, because of the environmental and financial cost of building, replacing and recycling the batteries and the amount of new infrastructure that has to be invested in to encourage mass adoption.

The amount of carbon emissions related to car manufacturing and recycling is significant, sometimes even more for long range EVs and its batteries; keeping your existing car avoids it.

This may not be a challenge locally but for people who want to take their vehicles to the UK or Europe, range is a concern. Significant sums need to be invested to make electric vehicles a common reality on our roads.

Many vehicles that currently run on conventional diesel will still be on the roads for years to come so we are in a transition period and nobody can say how long that will last. RD100 can have an immediate impact and start reducing carbon emissions during this transition period.

More likely fuels such as renewable diesel and in the future hydrogen cell technology will provide a more sustainable answer in the longer term.

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