Federal Affairs

Public Policy Benefits and Policy Issues

Biodiesel is the first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel being produced on a commercial scale nationwide, and there are compelling U.S. public policy benefits for increasing its use and production through strong domestic energy policies such as the Renewable Fuel Standard and the biodiesel tax incentive. To learn more about our federal policy priorities and how you can get involved, please visit our Fueling Action page. The benefits of biodiesel are clear:

The Biodiesel Industry is Creating Jobs and Making a Positive Contribution to the Economy:  The biodiesel industry has plants in nearly every state in the nation using an increasingly diverse mix of feedstocks, and the industry’s growth has helped diversify our energy supply while creating jobs and economic activity. Last year, the industry’s record production of nearly 2.1 billion gallons supported 47,400 jobs across the economy along with billions of dollars in economic activity, household income and tax revenues.

Biodiesel Reduces our Dependence on Foreign OilBiodiesel is diversifying our fuel supplies and limiting our exposure to unstable global oil markets that weaken our economy and national security. Biodiesel's continued growth will give consumers more options and help expand domestic refining capacity to reduce our reliance on imported fuels. The nearly 8.2 billion gallons of biodiesel produced in the U.S. since 2005 have displaced an equivalent amount of imported diesel fuel with a clean-burning, efficient fuel that according to the EPA reduces lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 86 percent compared to petroleum diesel fuel.

Biodiesel is Good for the Environment:  Biodiesel is the first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel being produced on a commercial scale across the country. According to the EPA, biodiesel reduces lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent to 86 percent compared to petroleum diesel. With more than 10 billion gallons used through 2015, biodiesel has cut carbon pollution by 93.7 million metric tons – the same impact as removing more than 19.7 million passenger vehicles from America’s roadways.

Biodiesel Reduces Diesel Emissions Tailpipe emissions from traditional diesel – primarily from older trucking fleets, school buses and other vehicles – are a significant health and air quality concern. In a recent update to its National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment, EPA cited diesel exhaust as one of the nation’s most dangerous pollutants, saying it is “among the substances that may pose the greatest risk to the U.S. population.” Thousands of trucks and buses hit the road every day burning traditional diesel fuel. Substituting higher amounts of biodiesel for traditional diesel fuel is the simplest, most effective way to immediately improve emissions.

Biodiesel’s Growth Is Stimulating New Feedstocks and Technology: The growth of the biodiesel industry is stimulating new demand for fats and oils, which is leading to breakthroughs in feedstock development and technologies. Algae, camelina and pennycress are among the promising next-generation feedstocks that could help meet our nation’s energy demands in the future.
Biodiesel is Lowering Consumer Prices: In recent years, with help from the RFS and the biodiesel tax incentive, biodiesel could be purchased by fuel distributors at a lower price than petroleum diesel, resulting in estimated consumer savings of $120 million. “This past year the Navy purchased a B20 blend (80 percent conventional/20 percent biodiesel) for the steam plant at the St. Julien's Creek Annex, near Norfolk, VA. The cost of the B20 is 13 cents per gallon less expensive than conventional fuel, and is projected to save the facility approximately $30,000 over the 2012-2013 heating season.” - Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Testimony Before U.S. House Armed Forced Committee, April 16, 2013


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NBB Written Testimony to Commerce on Indonesia, May 2017508.60 KBMay 18, 2017 Download
NBB Trade Deficit Comments to Commerce, May 2017312.98 KBMay 18, 2017 Download
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NBB Comments Cover Letter for EPA RFS Proposal 2015145.49 KBJul 28, 2015 Download
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RIN Integrity - Report Fraud to NBB/EPA (2011)316.95 KBMar 28, 2012 Download