Our Sustainability

Renewable Energy Group exhibits corporate responsibility through our products, processes, policies and practices. We're providing fuel to power the clean energy transition by combining innovative products, market agility and financially sensible solutions, making us an ideal sustainable partner.

Our Sustainability Milestones

Since we began our business, we have focused on providing economic and environmental value and maintaining social responsibility. Our Company History book and previous ESG reports document many of our past accomplishments and exemplify our path of continuous improvement and innovation. This history has set the foundation from which we are building to lead the way for the renewable energy market.

1995

  • REG’s roots were planted with sustainability in mind, as we made our first investment to enable biodiesel production

1996

  • Company’s first batch plant opened and started producing methyl esters

2002

  • Ralston facility opened continuous flow biodiesel processing plant, one of the largest at that time

2010-2013

  • Acquisition of six additional biodiesel facilities, expanding REG’s owned nameplate capacity by more than 200 million gallons per year

2014

  • REG sold 1 billionth gallon of bio-based diesel—equating to more than 6 million metric tons of greenhouse gas avoidance

2015

  • VisionZERO safety program launched 

2017

  • Philanthropy Committee formed, designating funds for community and non-profit purposes

2018

  • REG UltraClean BlenDTM launched, offering market-leading performance and among the lowest emission diesel fuels on the market

2019

  • Added first female Board Member and named first female CEO
  • Released our first ESG report
  • Officially enacted flexible scheduling policy in response to our employee engagement survey
  • Corporate Knights named REG in its Clean200 list, highlighting revenue-generating products and
    services which offer solutions for our planet

2020

  • Sustainability is explicitly written into our corporate mission and purpose
  • Creation of REG’s Inclusion and Diversity employee resource groups

2021

  • 0.23 OSHA incident rate. Set corporate record with industry-leading performance
  • $550 Million. “Green bond” issued to finance REG Geismar project; broke ground on expansion and improvement project
  • COVID-19. Hosted voluntary on-site vaccination clinics
  • Green Teams. Established employee sustainability engagement initiative
  • Booster. Announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with Booster to provide mobile delivery of
    renewable diesel, biodiesel and blended fuels to fleets
  • GoodFuels. Entered a long-term agreement for the supply and development of sustainable marine biofuel solutions for the global shipping industry
  • Iowa State University. Partnered with Iowa State University to create a hydrotreater pilot plant to  understand how various biomass feedstocks can play a role in the production of renewable fuels
  • Near-zero. Partnered with Optimus Technologies to help fleets achieve their sustainability goals and reach near-zero emissions
  • Amber Resources. Acquired Amber Resources which builds upon REG's downstream strategy
  • Increased Board Diversity. With new Board appointees bringing impressive backgrounds and experience to REG’s areas of growth
  • SASB-aligned. Enhanced sustainability reporting to increase alignment to the Sustainability Accounting  Standards Board (SASB) standard for the biofuels industry
  • Safety Award. Received Canadian National Railway Safe Handling Award for meeting strict standards for the safe handling and shipment of regulated products
  • Manchester United. Launched a global partnership with Manchester United working together to raise awareness of REG’s biofuel products and encourage positive environmental change across MUFC global fanbase and beyond

Partnering for Success

Part of our commitment to operating responsibly is making sure we work with businesses who do the same. We are extraordinarily proud of our numerous and lengthy business relationships. This loyalty directly translates to improved results, as our partners seek us out over other options and we collectively work through challenges.