BIODIESEL RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD VOLUMES SHOULD BE INCREASED

BIODIESEL RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD VOLUMES SHOULD BE INCREASED

Ample Rendering Feedstock Supplies Seen in Future, Cleaner Air, More Jobs

BIODIESEL RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD VOLUMES SHOULD BE INCREASED

Washington, D.C. – August 2, 2017 – The rendering industry is ready to supply increased volumes of feedstocks for biodiesel production if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) increases its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes in 2018 and 2019, said Doug Smith of Baker Commodities in testimony at the agency’s public hearing August 1 in Washington, D.C.

Higher RFS volumes beyond EPA’s proposal will further increase U.S. biodiesel production, Smith explained.  “A stronger RFS will grow jobs, clean our air by reducing emissions, and promote domestic energy production.”

The biodiesel industry currently uses 32 percent of the billions of gallons of rendered animal fats and used cooking oil produced each year in the U.S.  Rendering is a green industry that sustainably upcycles used cooking oil, animal fats, yellow grease, and brown grease into feedstocks for biodiesel and renewable diesel.

Smith testified on behalf of the National Renderers Association, the California Biodiesel Alliance, and Baker Commodities of Vernon, California.

For consumers, substitution of biodiesel and biodiesel blends is the easiest way to achieve immediate reductions in diesel emissions.  In addition, biodiesel consumers and blend users save money, making biodiesel a cost-effective, renewable alternative fuel,” Smith explained.

EPA has greatly underestimated the potential of the biodiesel industry to increase production given current and projected capacity, said Smith. He urged EPA to set the RFS for advanced biofuels in 2018 at a minimum of 5.25 billion gallons, an increase from the 4.24 billion gallons proposed by the agency.  The 2019 RFS for biomass-based diesel should be at least 2.75 billion gallons, Smith recommended, above the 2.1 billion gallons advocated by EPA.

About 3,200 new jobs are created for every 100 million additional gallons of biodiesel production.  The rendering industry also provides thousands of full-time jobs across the country in rural and urban communities.

Increases in RFS volumes will encourage the confidence to invest which creates jobs here at home and contributes to overall U.S. economic growth.   Higher RFS volumes will also continue to stimulate important new innovation in feedstock development.  If higher RFS volumes are not adopted by the EPA, the relatively young biodiesel industry may stagnate, harming consumers, the environment, and jobs.

 

BIODIESEL RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD VOLUMES SHOULD BE INCREASED

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