Take Action and Support Biodiesel Today
The National Biodiesel
Board has begun a new grassroots advocacy campaign intended to urge members of
Congress to support important biodiesel initiatives in Washington, DC.
biodiesel has many legislative and regulatory priorities, and continued support
in Congress is critical. With the beginning of the new Congress, it is important
to reach out and let your congressional representatives hear your voice.
grassroots campaign takes less than 30 seconds, and all biodiesel supporters are
encouraged to participate. To join the effort click here, enter your information, and hit the
send function to direct an email to your representatives in Congress. NBB also
encourages supporters to add specific details about their connection to the industry
in the customizable letter. This helps emphasize the importance of the American
biodiesel industry to local communities. This campaign will combine the voices
of industry veterans and new supporters to remind Congress of biodiesel’s priorities.
the NBB federal affairs team works with allies on Capitol Hill and inside the
new Administration, communication from biodiesel supporters from across the country
is critical to expanding the American biodiesel industry. For more information,
be sure to visit the Fueling Action site.
Senators Say the Renewable Fuel Standard
A bipartisan group of Senators sent a letter to the Trump Administration
last month urging continued support of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The RFS is
a bipartisan law passed by congress which the Environmental Protection Agency
administers and sets the yearly volume requirements. The RFS allowed US consumers
to see a record of almost 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel
in 2016, outpacing the previous record by almost 40 percent.
“In 2015, the RFS
added $44 billion in economic activity,” the letter states. “This is felt
throughout greater America as farmers produce larger harvests to meet fuel demand.
In turn, equipment manufacturers produce more efficient farm machinery, and truckers
are relied on to move products. Engineers at ethanol and biodiesel facilities
across the nation produce the most cost-effective biofuels in the world, lowering
gas prices for all Americans and bringing high-paying jobs to rural areas.”
to a study
conducted by LMC International, a 2.9 billion gallon biodiesel and renewable
diesel market divided between domestic and foreign supply supports about 64,000
U.S. jobs and $11.42 billion in total impact.
The RFS has support from both sides
of the party line which will help lead it towards a bright and healthy future.
By creating jobs and bolstering the economy, the RFS is proving that it works,
and will continue to help America fuel its future.
Biodiesel is Demonstrating Sustainability
Sustainability is defined as the quality of not being harmful
to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term
ecological balance. Biodiesel encapsulates each of these aspects through its environmental
benefits, its positive impact on the nation’s food supply, and in the way that
it creates energy independence.
Throughout 2016, biodiesel reduced greenhouse gas emissions
by 80 percent compared to petroleum diesel. Cleaner emissions from biodiesel
have amazing health benefits such as preventing hundreds of premature deaths and
saving billions of dollars by reducing respiratory illness.
than releasing the carbon from fossil fuels back into the atmosphere, biodiesel
uses energy from the sun. The sun provides energy to plants like soybeans, which
produce the oil necessary to make biodiesel. By using vegetable oil biodiesel also helps the food supply.
can’t make a gallon of biodiesel from soybean oil without also putting 30 pounds
of soy protein and 22 pounds of carbohydrates into the food supply,” says Don
Scott, NBB Director of Sustainability. “When we grow protein to feed the world,
we get more fats and carbohydrates than we can eat since zero percent of the protein
grown for food goes into biofuels. Food and biofuels go together to help
provide affordable protein for the world.”
Biodiesel helps the environment through
reducing harmful emissions, and it sustains natural resources by using solar energy
and increasing the amount of protein in the food supply. America’s advanced
biofuel clearly demonstrates its sustainability and continues to provide benefits
from coast to coast.
The Oliver Hazard Perry Sets Sail with Biodiesel
It has been 100 years since a fully rigged ocean-going ship has been built
in the U.S—until now. The Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island has the profile of
a 19th century vessel, yet inside the Newport-based ship lies a modern
state-of-the-art floating classroom to host leadership activities and practical sail training.
innovation doesn’t stop there. Newport Biodiesel, a local biodiesel producer,
provided 6,000 gallons of B20 at a discounted rate to fuel its maiden voyage.
The OHPRI will set sail this month, transporting high school and college explorers
from New England, to Florida, and then on to Cuba.
ship with B20 biodiesel gives us a chance to support a worthwhile seafaring mission,
while educating the public and marine industry about the environmental benefits
of B20,” said Robert Morton, chairman of the board for Newport Biodiesel. “This
is the largest deployment of B20 we have ever done for a marine vessel, so it
represents a significant step.”
However, one question remains: why
would a ship with sails need fuel? Jess Wurzbacker, Executive Director of OHPRI,
cleared the confusion in a recent interview.
“Despite having 20 sails and 14,000
square feet of sail area, there will certainly be times when Perry will need to
use engines as she covers an estimated 14,000 nautical miles on her journeys this
year,” Wurzbacker said. “As mariners tied so closely to the ocean and appreciative
of its value, we are pleased to be able to reduce pressure on non-renewable resources.
We are thankful to our Marine Trade Partner Newport Biodiesel for helping us keep
our commitment to being as green as possible.”
The OHPRI is named in memory of U.S
Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry who led the first U.S Naval victory over the
British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
Whitehead Named NBB COO
The National Biodiesel Board has announced a new second in command in its
executive leadership team. Doug Whitehead, formerly the Director of Operations,
was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer.
In his 10 years of
service to NBB, Whitehead managed planning, implementation, administration and
reporting for all contracts for funding and subcontracting. He was also responsible
for recruiting new members and communicating with current members.
has admirably served the biodiesel industry in his various roles at NBB over the
years and his experience and expertise in operations, membership, strategic thinking,
and management uniquely position us to continue our growth as an organization
and as an industry,” said NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen. “His deep understanding
of the day-to-day operations of the organization allow us to continue serving
or members in a highly effective, efficient way as a member association.”
continual effort to grow the biodiesel industry can be plainly seen in the numbers.
During 2016 alone, the production and distribution of 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel
and renewable diesel supported 64,000 U.S jobs and contributed $11.42 billion to the U.S economy.
extremely excited to serve the biodiesel industry in my new executive role with
NBB,” said Whitehead. “We have a tremendous team that is committed to growing
the market for America’s advanced biofuel. It will be critical to continue to
face our challenges head on to maintain our more than 2-billion gallon market share.”
is the US trade association representing the entire biodiesel value chain, including
producers, feedstock suppliers, fuel distributers, and the US renewable diesel
industry. Included in its membership are 150 companies and organizations.
Biodiesel Conference Returning to Fort Worth in 2018
The National Biodiesel Conference & Expo returns to the South next
year as the biodiesel event of the year is announced for Fort Worth, Texas January
22-25, 2018. Plan now to join in as the industry gets down to the business of
biodiesel and celebrates 25 years of America’s Advanced Biofuel!
sessions, keynote speeches, and industry announcements are the foundation of the
annual event, but the business meetings and deals that get done throughout the
week remain the highlight for many attendees.
“Attendees surveyed year after
year rank the business opportunities and networking the conference provides as
their number one motivation for attending,” said conference director Doug Whitehead.
“Walk through the expo hall, the numerous boardrooms, receptions, and local
restaurants and you will see deals getting done throughout the week. If you are
serious in the business of biodiesel this is the place you need to be.”
of the 2017 conference represented biodiesel producers, marketers, distributors,
the automotive industry, the petroleum supply chain, feedstock suppliers, technology
providers, academia, Clean Cities coordinators, and more.
To hear speeches,
see photos, and read news announcements from the 2017 event visit the
conference blog here. Conference registration will open online later this year.
Foundation Prioritizes Research Needs
Biodiesel Foundation recently conducted its second biennial Sustainability
and Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) Workshop, hosted by the Monsanto Company Corporate.
The workshop gathered 30 of the world’s leading emissions sustainability scholars
to identify and prioritize projects that will improve the accuracy of ILUC modeling
and sustainability comparisons between biofuels and fossil fuels.
are proud of the reduced ILUC scores that have been achieved for biodiesel through
investment in better science, but the scope of these workshop activities is not
limited to biodiesel policy,” explained Tom Verry, the executive director of
the Foundation. “Our directors see ILUC as a critical factor in advancing all
forms of renewable energy, biobased products, sustainable food production, and
the bioeconomy. Optimizing land use and renewable resources is key to sustaining
and improving the quality of life for the global population and future generations.”
workshop served as a forum to review recent progress in improving ILUC models
and continue building momentum toward defining the critical impacts of advancing
bioenergy fuels. NBF seeks to achieve cleaner air, greater economic development
for rural communities, and enhanced national security through energy independence.
appropriate land inventories and farmers’ abilities to increase efficiency in
conjunction with system-wide optimization of crop production, livestock rearing,
and food consumption are all necessary to promote responsible growth of biofuels,”
said Don Scott, National Biodiesel Board Sustainability Director.
details on the workshop and a list of the research priorities identified through
this collaborative workshop can be found online.