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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NBB Members Highlight Policy Priorities in Letter to Congressional Leaders

Jun 22, 2021, 9:52 AM
Industry members deliver letter ahead of annual advocacy day fly-in

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the National Biodiesel Board delivered to Congressional leaders a letter signed by more than 50 companies outlining the industry's policy priorities. The priorities include maintaining tax incentives for low carbon biofuels, supporting infrastructure to deliver more clean fuels to consumers, and optimizing the Renewable Fuel Standard to maximize environmental benefits. NBB delivered the letter as 71 industry representatives prepare to engage (through teleconferences) in 86 meetings with Senators, Representatives, and staff in the annual NBB Advocacy Day Fly-in, Wednesday June 23.

"As Congress develops legislation to address the nation's infrastructure, climate and economic priorities, we ask that you support continued growth of the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry. U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel producers are meeting America's need for better, cleaner transportation fuels right now. We are also generating economic, environmental and health benefits for many states and communities," the letter states.

The letter highlights the $17 billion annual economic impact of the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry, which employs more than 65,000 Americans. It also highlights the carbon benefits the industry delivers. In 2020, the United States used 3 billion gallons of renewable diesel and biodiesel, which achieves an average 74% reduction in carbon emissions compared to petroleum diesel. The industry also touted a recent study demonstrating the substantial reductions in health care costs and outcomes that communities can achieve by switching to biodiesel. The Health Health Benefits Study from Trinity Consultants Study from Trinity Consultants is available on the NBB.org website.

"The biodiesel and renewable diesel industry is poised for substantial growth and can deliver carbon reductions, healthcare savings and jobs. Biodiesel and renewable diesel have cut more than 140 million tons of carbon emissions since 2010, through the RFS program and other policies. As our members meet with Senators and Representatives this week, we'll be highlighting these benefits and asking them to support the continued growth of our industry and ask that they include them in any legislation addressing climate change, economic stimulus, or infrastructure," adds Kurt Kovarik, NBB Vice President for Federal Affairs.

Download a copy of the letter here.

The U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. Biodiesel production supports approximately 13 percent of the value of each U.S. bushel of soybeans.

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.

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