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Biodiesel and renewable diesel are made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats. They are better, cleaner fuels that are available now for use in existing diesel engines without modification.
Users see superior performance and emission characteristics in on road, off road, air transportation, electricity generation, and home heating applications.
Biodiesel is a better choice for consumers, policy makers, and the environment. Use will exceed six billion gallons by 2030, eliminating over 35 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions annually. With advancements in feedstock, use will reach 15 billion gallons by 2050.
Learn how you can put biodiesel to work in your community today and help us share the message: Biodiesel is better, cleaner, and available now! Visit us at www.biodiesel.org.
Biodiesel and renewable diesel are the most diverse fuels on the planet. They are made from a broad range of feedstocks including soybean oil, animal fats and used cooking oil. Biodiesel's ability to find new uses for fats and oils makes it an ideal advanced biofuel, reducing emissions by more than 50 percent compared to petroleum.
Biodiesel reduces lifecycle emissions by 85 percent or more compared to petroleum. It reduces hydrocarbon emissions by 67 percent, lowers particulate matter by 47 percent, reduces smog and makes our air healthier to breathe. It has been designated a clean air choice by the American Lung Association.
And, that's not all. For every unit of fossil energy it takes to produce biodiesel, 3.5 units of renewable energy are returned, the best of any U.S. fuel. Also, new land is not required for biodiesel production. Instead, this advanced biofuel uses readily available, diverse resources.
Biodiesel and renewable diesel are a simple solution for users. They fit seamlessly with today's diesel infrastructure. In other words, they can be used in existing diesel engines, storage tanks, and dispensers without modification. Typically blended with petroleum diesel at some level, biodiesel blends provide performance characteristics similar to diesel in fuel economy, horsepower and torque while improving cetane and lubricity, which can extend engine life. No performance trade offs need to be made with this petroleum alternative.
As other sectors find pathways to greenhouse gas reduction, heavy-duty transportation will remain reliant on liquid fuels for years to come, even as an array of alternatives expands. The U.S. consumes more than 40 billion gallons of diesel on its roadways every year. Only our clean diesel offers the energy density and lifecycle properties to dramatically reduce emissions in the large heavy-duty trucking industry today, and well into the future.
Biodiesel supports more than 60,000 American jobs. In fact, for every 100 million gallons of biodiesel that is produced – the industry creates 3,200 jobs. So, as biodiesel grows – so does its job-creating ability.
Biodiesel production impacts more than just the biodiesel industry. As diverse as its feedstocks, so are the sectors impacted economically. Biodiesel drives economic benefits for manufacturing, service, transportation and agriculture, to name a few. After more than 25 years, biodiesel has grown to adding more than $12 billion to the US economy.
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There are several ways to show your support for biodiesel and stay up to speed on what is happening in the industry.
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THE BIODIESEL BULLETIN is published monthly by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) with the latest stories and current events in the industry. Learn about new user success stories, policy activity, upcoming events, and new advancements as they come. The most recent version can be delivered to your inbox monthly by subscribing.
Join the Biodiesel Backers!
THE BIODIESEL BACKERS are a diverse coalition of individuals from across the nation and around the world who find common ground in their support for biodiesel fuel. It provides information and resources to keep you informed. Occasional alerts are sent to Biodiesel Backers with new and timely information such as biodiesel pump openings, creative ways in which biodiesel is supported and promoted, grant announcements and the latest biodiesel research and industry news.
Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel (NGSB)
Are you a student scientist interested in the future of biodiesel? Then NGSB is for you. The next generation of science thought leaders are gearing up to lead America's energy efforts. And biodiesel, our nation's only commercially available advanced biofuel, is front and center.
The group has formed to demonstrate and grow support for biodiesel among tomorrow's scientific leaders.
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