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Renewable Fuel Standard Background (RFS):


The growth of American biodiesel and renewable diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a tremendous success story. Our industry is delivering the vast majority of advanced biofuel under the RFS and has proven that it can grow in a sustainable way to grow American energy, create jobs and diversify our fuel supply.

On July 5, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposal for RFS volumes covering biomass-based diesel for 2019 and all other categories for 2018.

Under this proposal, the EPA would maintain biomass-based diesel volumes at 2.1 billion gallons in 2019. The biomass-based diesel category – a diesel subset of the overall advanced biofuel category – is made up of biodiesel and renewable diesel, which is another diesel alternative made from the same feedstocks using a different technology.

Regrettably, the EPA also proposed to set the 2018 advanced biofuels volume to 4.24 billion gallons in 2018, down from 4.28 billion gallons in 2017, with biomass-based diesel continuing to fill a large portion of the advanced-biofuels category.

NBB believes EPA should set the advanced-biofuel requirements for 2018 based on a volume of at least 5.25 billion gallons and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2019 at 2.75 billion gallons.

The EPA's proposal ignores the reality of the market, which produced nearly 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel last year, and underestimates the ability of the biodiesel industry to meet higher volumes in the RFS program.

This is a missed opportunity for biodiesel, which reduces costs, provides economic benefits and results in lower prices at the pump. Higher advanced-biofuel and biomass-based diesel volumes support additional jobs and investment in both rural economies and clean-energy-conscious communities.

The U.S. biodiesel industry can do more. The production capacity and feedstock are available, so NBB will work with the new administration to help them understand the benefits provided by our growing American biodiesel industry and the potential to support additional jobs and investment in rural economies. 

As you talk about the benefits of biodiesel with the Administration, your Members of Congress, in the media, and to the public, consider using the arguments below to make your case.

The U.S. biodiesel industry continues to be underutilized; strong market signals are needed for continued investment, innovation and job growth.

 Here’s why higher volumes through the RFS are so important:

  • Higher volumes drive job creation, innovation in feedstock development and investment
  • Every 100 million gallons of increased biodiesel production supports roughly 3,200 jobs
  • Biodiesel saves diesel consumers money—it’s a cost-effective, renewable alternative fuel
  • Higher volumes and increased production levels support U.S. energy independence and energy dominance
  • Substituting biodiesel for diesel is the simplest, most effective way to immediately reduce diesel emissions, in addition to wastes in our waterways and landfills
  • Lower volumes exacerbate, not help with, the issues caused by biodiesel imports

 Below are some of the benefits from higher RFS volumes:

  • Creating 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.
  • 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.
  • Providing Environmental Benefits: According to EPA, biodiesel reduces lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent to 86 percent compared to petroleum diesel. The 12.9 billion gallons of biodiesel used through 2016 have cut greenhouse gas emissions by the same amount as removing more than 25.3 million passenger vehicles from America’s roadways. EPA consistently cites tailpipe emissions from traditional diesel—primarily from older trucking fleets and other heavy-duty vehicles—as a major national health hazard. Substituting higher amounts of biodiesel for traditional diesel fuel is the simplest, most effective way to immediately reduce diesel emissions. In addition to dramatically reducing most major air pollutants, biodiesel keeps wastes out of both landfills and the nation’s waterways.
  • Improving U.S. Energy Security: The 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. 
  • Addressing the Diesel Market: It was always the intent of Congress that the RFS address not just the gasoline market but also the diesel pool. The diesel market includes pivotal transportation and industrial applications—such as long-haul trucks, buses, barges and heavy machinery—and accounts for a significant share of the nation’s air pollution in the transportation sector. Increased volumes of biomass-based diesel are necessary for diversifying the diesel fuel market.
  • Feedstock Diversity: Biodiesel is one of the most diverse fuels in the world, produced using a broad mix of resources, including recycled cooking oil, soybean oil, canola oil, distillers corn oil and animal fats. This has helped shape a nimble industry that is constantly searching for new technologies and feedstocks. Industry demand for new alternatives is stimulating, and often financing, research on new feedstocks. Higher volumes will ensure continued investments in this research area.