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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 Creates Jobs and Economic Benefits:  With plants in nearly every state, biodiesel production is creating jobs across the country. Every 100 million gallons of increased biodiesel production supports some 3,200 jobs. Producers nationwide are poised to expand production and hire new workers with steady growth under the RFS. In many rural areas of the country, biodiesel plants are a driving force of the local economy.

Biodiesel Improves U.S. Energy SecurityThe biodiesel industry is increasing domestic energy production, diversifying our fuel supplies and expanding domestic refining capacity so that we’re less vulnerable to global oil markets that are heavily influenced by unstable regions of the world and global events beyond our control. This improves U.S. energy security because petroleum is a global commodity, and U.S. consumers will remain vulnerable to volatile international oil prices without diversity and competition in the fuels market. 

Biodiesel Provides Environmental Benefits:  Biodiesel is made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, plant oils and animal fats. The EPA has recognized its environmental benefits by classifying it as an advanced biofuel, making biodiesel the only commercial-scale U.S. fuel produced nationwide to meet the agency’s criteria. According to the EPA, biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent to 86 percent when compared to petroleum diesel. In addition, biodiesel take wastes out of landfills and the nation’s waterways.

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 Helping Consumers at the Pump: Biodiesel is a cost-effective, renewable alternative to petroleum diesel that, with help from the RFS, is saving diesel consumers money. Each gallon of RFS-qualified biodiesel is accompanied by a RIN credit. The value of that credit, which is traded on the open market, is factored into the value of each gallon of biodiesel. This added value allows producers to sell biodiesel at a lower price to fuel distributors or fleet managers, who can then pass along savings to consumers.

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