Policy Issues

Since the start of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel market has grown from a few hundred million gallons to more than 2.6 billion gallons every year. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets the required RFS volumes each year and maintains data on production and use. 

NBB develops data on U.S. availability of raw materials – such as soy, canola and other vegetable oils, recycled cooking oil and greases, and animal fats – for biodiesel, renewable diesel and renewable jet fuels. NBB and its members engage with EPA throughout the year, providing data to the agency, commenting on proposed rules, and testifying at public hearings.

NBB is currently preparing comments on EPA’s proposed 2020 standards and 2021 biomass-based diesel volumes.

NBB is also monitoring EPA’s process for resetting the Congressionally mandated RFS volumes for 2021 and 2022 and for setting them for 2023 and beyond. EPA has set biomass-based diesel volumes since 2013 through annual reviews of the implementation of the program and analysis of six Congressionally prescribed factors, which include environmental impacts, energy security benefits, and rural development goals.

As our members communicate with Members of Congress, EPA and other Washington policy makers, the media, and the public, NBB works with them to amplify these points:

  • Higher biomass-based diesel volumes drive investment, job creation, and innovation in feedstock development. Every 100 million gallons of increased biodiesel production supports roughly 3,200 jobs.
  • Increased biodiesel and renewable diesel production levels support U.S. energy independence.
  • Biodiesel and renewable diesel are the best tool available today to reduce emissions – both carbon and air pollution – from diesel fuel use. 


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