Industry aims to educate consumers how more biodiesel means less carbon pollution
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kaleb Little/NBB
(JEFFERSON CITY) – The National Biodiesel Board announced today that the advanced biofuel industry trade group has launched a promotional media campaign for the fifth straight year. With a theme of “More is Less,” the ads illustrate that Americans can significantly reduce carbon emissions and other pollution by using more biodiesel in our vehicles and fleets.
“Using more biodiesel means less fossil fuel, less carbon emissions, less carcinogens, less environmental impact,” said Donnell Rehagen, NBB’s Chief Operation Officer and Interim CEO. “Even if you don’t drive a diesel vehicle or operate heavy machinery, we are showing consumers that biodiesel is working for you, cleaning the air and improving the environment.”
According to the 2016 Fleet Purchasing Outlook study conducted by NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry – biodiesel is now the most commonly used alternative fuel option on the market. Survey data show 18 percent of fleets use biodiesel now – up from 15 percent in 2015. And in terms of future alternative fuel interest, biodiesel also took top honors, with more fleets planning to acquire or continue using biodiesel than any other alternative fuel option. The increased demand comes as the EPA and California Air Resources Board have affirmed that biodiesel ranks among the lowest carbon fuels on the market and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 80 percent or more compared with petroleum diesel.
Produced by PCI Communications, the 30-second television commercial features Medford Township (New Jersey) Public School buses weaving their way through town while a narrator explains the district’s history with biodiesel. (http://www.americasadvancedbiofuel.com) In May, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented Medford with the 2016 Environmental Champion Award at a ceremony in New York City. The award honors Medford’s outstanding commitment to protecting and enhancing environmental quality and public health. Medford’s leadership in the use of biodiesel alone has eliminated 123,376 pounds of smog-forming emissions, 2,408 pounds of diesel particulate matter and reduced its fleet operation costs by over $170,000.
The 2016 NBB campaign also includes a new website at a familiar address: AmericasAdvancedBiofuel.com. There, visitors can view vignettes on prominent biodiesel users from across the country, including:
- City of New York: In 2013, New York City planned for their 9,000 diesel-powered municipal fleet vehicles to biodiesel blends. It began with the Parks Department, which found compliance so easy it soon upped its biodiesel use to B-20 in its vehicles. Other departments followed suit, including the Department of Sanitation, which began using biodiesel in all of its fleet vehicles. With Sanitation consuming 80% of New York City’s fleet fuel, its move to biodiesel has paid dividends. The city has experienced a 19% reduction in carbon emissions since 2005, on track to reaching an 80 percent reduction by 2050.
- Salt River Project, electricity provider to the Phoenix Metropolitan Area: Biodiesel provides power for more than 900 of the company’s vehicles. Since its biodiesel pilot program began in 1999, SRP has converted 41% of its fleet to B-20. Of its nearly 2,300 vehicles, 950 run on biodiesel. By using more B20 in its fleet, SRP has saved money and upheld its environmental stewardship.
In addition to the stories of biodiesel use from local enthusiasts, visitors to the website are invited to learn more about biodiesel and even take a fun quiz to “Test Your Bio-Q.”
Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as soybean oil, recycled cooking oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines. It is the first and only commercial-scale fuel produced across the U.S. to meet the EPA’s definition as an Advanced Biofuel - meaning the EPA has determined that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent when compared with petroleum diesel. According to the EPA, biodiesel’s reduction ranges from 57 percent to 86 percent depending on how it’s made.
Last year the 2 billion gallon biodiesel market cut carbon by some 18 million metric tons -- the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 3.8 million cars.
About the National Biodiesel Board:
The National Biodiesel Board is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to coordinating the biodiesel industry and educating the public about the fuel. NBB has represented the U.S. biodiesel industry since 1992 and counts over 300 companies as members. Visit us at www.biodiesel.org, follow us on Twitter at @Biodiesel_Media and Like us on Facebook.
About PCI Communications:
PCI, a full-service marketing + creative production agency, has served leading corporate, government, and not-for-profit clients for more than 30 years with award-winning strategy, video, digital, design, and event production services. Learn more at www.pcicom.com.