Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

Biodiesel Benefits

Biodiesel is an Advanced Biofuel

  • Enhances independence from imported petroleum
  • Reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions
  • Supports American agriculture
  • Supports rural economies
  • Creates and maintains green collar jobs
  • Supports protein production

Biodiesel is Easy to Use

  • Can be used in existing diesel engines without modification
  • Able to use 100 percent biodiesel (B100) or a blend of biodiesel
  • Enhanced safety during refueling due to low conductivity

 Biodiesel Performs  

  • Provides very similar horsepower, torque, and fuel mileage as compared to petroleum diesel fuel
  • Enhanced lubricity as compared to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel offers engine protection with as little as a B2 blend
  • Increased lubricity can keep your engine cooler, running quieter and operating longer
  • Increased cetane aids self-ignition of fuel and allows for easier starting, smoother running engines and reliable operation

Biodiesel is Sustainable

  • Biodiesel yields a 78 percent reduction in direct lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions compared to petroleum diesel fuel
  • Biodiesel provides more energy than it takes to produce it with a lifecycle energy ratio of 4.5-to-1 energy.  (compared to petroleum at a 0.8-1 ratio)
  • Biodiesel reduces lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions 57-86 percent

Biodiesel Reduces Exhaust Emissions

  • Biodiesel is included in Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct) standards to meet a portion of the annual Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) acquisition requirements.
  • Biodiesel has been tested by the EPA and passes their Clear Air Health Effects testing requirements.
    • B20 reduces hydrocarbon emissions by up to 20 percent
    • Carbon monoxide emissions by 11 percent
    • Particulate matter (smog) by up to 10 percent
  • Promoted by Mining Safety and Health Administration