Addressing the Climate Crisis

Transportation is the largest source of U.S. carbon emissions and it is the economic sector most reliant on petroleum. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are drop-in replacements for petroleum diesel. They are readily available today to reduce carbon intensity in transportation.

Congress is debating several pieces of legislation that will invest public resources in infrastructure improvements for transportation and water. Several proposals include billions of dollars for zero-emission vehicle infrastructure. At the same time, there is bipartisan legislation that would provide a comparatively modest amount of money ($1 billion) to continue a successful biodiesel infrastructure grant program that has already increased consumer access to better, cleaner fuel by 140 million gallons.

Please contact your Representative and Senators through this form to thank those who have sponsored the legislation (S 227/HR 1542) and encourage additional legislators to co-sponsor.

As our members and industry supporters communicate with Washington policy makers, the media, and the public, NBB provides the resources to the right and works with them to amplify these points:

  • Over the first decade of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Program, biodiesel and renewable diesel have generated more cumulative carbon credits than any other low-carbon fuel option.
  • For each of the last three years, biodiesel and renewable diesel accounted for 45 percent of California’s transportation sector carbon reductions.
  • In 2019, Oregon achieved 46 percent of its transportation carbon reductions by using 76.8 million gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel.
  • Nationwide biofuel use under the Renewable Fuel Standard cut carbon emissions by as much as 579 million metric tons over the first decade of the program. That success far exceeds the 422 million metric ton estimate from EPA at the start of the program.

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Biodiesel Industry Welcomes USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Grants

Oct 8, 2020, 3:12 PM
NBB, IBB, ISA thank Secretary Sonny Perdue for supporting farmers and biodiesel producers


 Contact: Paul Winters

Jenna Higgins Rose

ANKENY, IA - Today, the National Biodiesel Board, Iowa Biodiesel Board, and Iowa Soybean Association welcomed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's announcement of cost-sharing grants to support infrastructure that will increase consumer access to higher blends of renewable fuels. Leaders of the groups joined Secretary Perdue in Ankeny, Iowa, as he announced the grant awards.

NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen stated, "On behalf of NBB's members across the country, I want to thank Secretary Sonny Perdue for following through on this commitment to biodiesel producers and farmers. The biodiesel industry is pursuing a vision for sustainable growth to more than 6 billion gallons by the end of this decade. The cost-sharing grants USDA is beginning to announce will help us bring consumers the better, cleaner transportation and heating fuels they are looking for."

Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, said, "Infrastructure is the key to ensuring we can deliver low carbon fuels to the nation, and these grants will help take us to the next level with that in Iowa and beyond. As the top biodiesel-producing state, Iowa sits at the heart of this energy transformation and our producers and farmers stand ready to grow. We thank USDA for leading this infrastructure effort."

Iowa Soybean Association President Jeff Jorgenson said, "Today's announcement is encouraging for soybean farmers. Efforts to make homegrown, soy-based biodiesel more readily available is a win for farmers and consumers. Biodiesel provides an important domestic market for our soybeans and consumers an environmentally friendly fuel choice. As farmers harvest another soybean crop, we're mindful of the critical demand and price impact of biodiesel, accounting for nearly $1.15 of the current market price for soybeans."

Of the $100 million USDA has provided for this program, $14 million is intended to support infrastructure for biodiesel blends above 5%, such as B20. The grants will be matched by private and state investments.

Iowa's biodiesel plants produced about 345 million gallons of biodiesel in 2019, making it the number one biodiesel-producing state. About half of on-road diesel fuel gallons sold in Iowa contain B11 or higher, according to the state Department of Revenue. A study by ABF Economics shows biodiesel supports about 3,875 full time equivalent jobs and contributes $489 million to the state's Gross Domestic Product annually.

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel and renewable diesel are better, cleaner fuels that are available now for use in existing diesel engines without modification. NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel and renewable diesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors.

The Iowa Bioesel Board is a state trade association representing all aspects of the Iowa biodiesel industry.

The Iowa Soybean Association is Driven To Deliver market demand, production research, information and insights and regulatory action benefiting Iowa's 38,000 soybean farmers and the industry. For more information, visit Not funded by the soybean checkoff.


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