Nation's Strictest Regulatory Board Affirms Biodiesel as Lowest-Carbon Fuel
a fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California’s Air Resources Board has spent years looking for
the cleanest, most efficient ways to cut carbon. Turns out, biodiesel is at the top of the list.
month the board finalized California’s revised Low Carbon Fuels Standard. The new standard affirms
biodiesel, America’s Advanced Biofuel, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at
least 50 percent and often by as much as 81 percent versus petroleum. This gives
biodiesel the best carbon score among all liquid fuels.
“Biodiesel is the
most sustainable fuel on the planet,” said Don Scott, National Biodiesel Board
director of sustainability. “Low carbon alternatives can also be low cost alternatives
when we use diverse supplies of renewable resources. This validates that
California’s carbon reduction goals are obtainable.”
As part of the state’s
low carbon fuel standard, the Air Resources Board has refined comprehensive lifecycle
analysis to quantify the carbon intensity of conventional and alternative fuels.
More than seven years of analysis have gone into addressing questions including
indirect land use change. California’s lifecycle model incorporates all
the impacts for producing a fuel’s raw materials including conversion and transportation.
The model also includes the indirect economic impacts of growth in global agriculture-making
it one of the most thorough and rigorous evaluations ever done to quantify the
environmental footprint of biofuels. “California’s analysis, which has been
validated by independent academic review, provides confidence that biodiesel is,
without question, a more sustainable alternative for transportation fuel,” Scott added.
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European Commission Extends Trade Duties on US Biodiesel
European Commission announced on September 15 that it will extend anti-dumping
and countervailing duties on U.S. biodiesel exports to Europe for another five
years. The trade duties have blocked US biodiesel from the European market since 2009.
European Commission has decided to continue a policy that is clearly aimed at
giving European biodiesel producers an edge over their competition and a lock
on the European market,” said Anne Steckel, Vice President of Federal Affairs
for the National Biodiesel Board. “It is disappointing, and we will continue
evaluating our options for fighting these protectionist duties.”
challenging the duties, NBB emphasized that European biodiesel producers are able
to sell biodiesel in both Europe and the United States without duties or limitation
and can freely participate in U.S. policies such as the Renewable Fuel Standard
and, before it had expired, the U.S. biodiesel tax incentive. At the least, NBB
said, U.S. producers should be able to participate in the European market without
having to pay punitive duties.
The original biodiesel trade duties were imposed by the
European Commission on July 7, 2009, and were slated to expire last year.
Movie Screening Highlights Energy as a National Security Issue
month, the National Biodiesel Board supported an event with Operation Free highlighting the national security
risks caused by continued U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Operation Free is a
Washington D.C. based organization that brings veterans and national security
experts together to advocate for clean energy in the U.S.
The event, attended
by congressional staff members, military personnel, and others featured a screening
of “The Burden: Fossil Fuel, the Military, and National
Security,” followed by a panel discussion featuring several veterans, including
David May, fleet manager for the Iowa Department of Transportation and a Biodiesel
Ambassador who served in the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. NBB Vice President
of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel kicked off the panel discussion that also included
the Honorable Sharon Burke, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational
Energy, and Michael Breen, Executive Director, Truman National Security Project and Iraq War Veteran.
event provided a constructive forum for thought-leaders and attendees to discuss
renewable energy applications for U.S. military use oversees and in responding
to disaster relief situations. Biodiesel was cited as a solution for helping cities
to power generators and vehicles in times when supplies and resources may be limited.
Operation Free has an important message about how critical expanding renewable
energy sources is for the U.S. and biodiesel is proud to be part of that message.
|Automotive Students Get Lessons in Biodiesel |
National Biodiesel Board recently helped host multiple biodiesel training sessions
for automotive students and diesel technicians around the Midwest. The one day
class sessions are designed to educate and inform diesel mechanics and service
technicians about the use of biodiesel blends in existing diesel engines. With
this education, technicians are able to better advise their customers and other
technicians in the industry about the true impacts of using biodiesel and biodiesel
blends in today’s diesel equipment.
Steven Benzel, an automotive technology
major at Kansas-based Pittsburg State University said the course gave him valuable
new insights into biodiesel.
“It’s much cleaner but has the same power output,”
Benzel told the local news station KOAM-TV following the
course. “And I think it’s, maybe even it will get cheaper down the road. But
right now it’s the better fuel of the two.”
Another set of training sessions
that targeted current diesel technicians took place in neighboring Missouri at
three well known technical colleges; Vatterott College in Kansas City, Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, and State Technical College of Missouri in Linn.
has the only Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified biodiesel for diesel
technicians training program in North America which allows it to offer Continuing
Education Credits for mechanics who complete the course.
King County’s Water Taxis Going Green With Biodiesel
there’s another reason to appreciate traveling the Puget Sound by water taxi.
In addition to avoiding the roadway congestion, King County water taxis have begun to incorporate
biodiesel into their fleet earning them a, “Green WATERS” distinction.
Green WATERS Program is a national volunteer effort that encourages environmental
responsibility and action to reduce the environmental impacts of marine operations.
County water taxis has two vessels currently using biodiesel; the Sally Fox and the Doc Maynard.
“The use of biodiesel on
the newest member of our fleet, the Sally Fox, will reduce particulates in the
air and prevent more than 140 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year,”
said King County Executive Dow Constantine.
The Spirit of Kingston, another King County water taxi
will transition to biodiesel when it undergoes annual maintenance.
King County water taxis are
doing their part in supporting Executive Constantine’s recently released climate
action plan that provides a five-year blueprint that will guide county’s actions to confront climate change.
Biodiesel Scheduled to Go the Distance in Baja 1000
Greenspeed Research, an Idaho non-profit is building
a biodiesel trophy truck to compete in the Baja 1000, an off-road race that takes
place on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula the third week of November.
biodiesel powered trophy truck is pretty much the top tier of off-road racing
that usually has a big gas guzzling V-8 powered engine in it. But we’re bringing
a new fuel and a new engine technology to that event,” said Schenker.
officials say the biggest challenge in building their first biodiesel trophy truck
is the price tag. However, they believe biodiesel will give them an edge for the win.
regular trophy truck drivers brag about getting 2.5 to 3 miles per gallon. We
should be getting 7 to 8, 9. So that means, when they’re pitting twice, and
take 5, 10, 8 minutes to pit, we’ve driven by them.” said Paul Robinson, an
off-road racer who is set to drive Greenspeed’s truck in the Baja 1000.
Algae: the Future of Biofuels?
1978 algae has been studied as a fuel alternative. Dr. Milton Sommerfeld, Professor
and co-director of the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation is doing
his part to make algae biofuels a real contender by 2019.
As the U.S. Department
of Energy has set its sights on bringing the cost of algae biofuel down below
$5 per gallon by 2019. Dr. Sommerfeld sees tremendous potential for algae as a
competitive source for new energy. He has made a living understanding algae. He
knows many strands by name, lives among them, tests them, and gets to know them inside and out.
has made algae his passion. He began studying algae when he was a boy on the farm.
His father asked him to clean the water troughs that always seemed to turn green
during the summer. Now, when he isn’t studying algae you can find him enjoying his wife’s algae cookies.
his research progresses, his hope grows. With the proper strain, he believes algae
could truly supplant the need for petroleum. To see his vision of the future click here.