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 Applauds House Letter Supporting RFS

Aug 2, 2021, 8:43 AM
Letter from 29 Representatives asks EPA Administrator Regan to restore integrity to RFS.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the National Biodiesel Board thanked a bipartisan group of Congress members for asking EPA Administrator Michael Regan to prioritize the Renewable Fuel Standard. In a letter sent today, 29 Representatives called on EPA to issue overdue RFS rules as soon as possible and increase advanced biofuels volumes.

“Advanced biofuels supported through the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are critical to the success of rural America and the many hard-working Americans that depend on a robust biofuels industry,” the letter states. “Further, low-carbon advanced biofuels are important to states and cities that are pursuing carbon reduction goals for clean, low-carbon transportation and home heating programs. The RFS ensures that all Americans can access cleaner fuels and benefit from the economic opportunities the advanced biofuel industry provides.”

Kurt Kovarik, NBB’s Vice President for Federal Affairs, added, “On behalf of NBB’s members, I want to thank Representatives Rodney Davis, Angie Craig, Dusty Johnson, Cindy Axne, Mark Pocan, Adrian Smith and others for their support of the biodiesel industry and the RFS. The letter specifically notes that biodiesel and renewable diesel reduce carbon emissions and criteria pollutants. Optimizing the RFS and increasing use of these advanced biofuels will help EPA further the goals and priorities set by Administrator Regan. It is critical that EPA issue the overdue RFS rules as soon as possible.”

Click here to download a copy of the letter.

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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