CITY, Mo - This weekend marked the 16th anniversary
of the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, a policy that has played a keystone
role in decarbonizing America’s diesel fuel supply. On the heels of the
anniversary, National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen noted the sustainable
growth of the biodiesel industry under the RFS and urged policymakers to
continue supporting future growth.
Renewable Fuel Standard has been crucial to growing the advanced biofuel
industry, and it will remain essential for future decarbonization efforts
across the country,” Rehagen said. “The RFS supported the sustainable growth of
a 3-billion-gallon market for biodiesel and renewable diesel that has cut 143.8
million metric tons of carbon emissions over the past decade. We cannot afford
to lose ground now. This policy should support continued growth of advanced
biofuels as our industry strives to reach 6 billion gallons by 2030.”
under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded to specifically include
biodiesel and renewable diesel, jet fuel, and heating oil under the Energy
Independence and Security Act of 2007, the RFS drives the development of
advanced biofuels that reduce carbon emissions from some of the hardest
economic sectors to decarbonize.
from a diverse array of feedstocks, biodiesel and renewable diesel are
renewable, clean-burning diesel replacements that reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by 74% on average while creating domestic jobs and reducing air
pollutants linked to cancer, asthma and other health conditions. These fuels
are the first commercially available nationwide to meet the Environmental
Protection Agency’s definition of an advanced biofuel under the RFS.
more about biodiesel here.