7 Interesting Facts About Biodiesel

Biodiesel has become a mainstream fuel popular with fleets that want to reduce their emissions in a cost-effective way while maintaining strong engine performance. 

But don’t take our word for it. Here are seven facts about biodiesel’s popularity and its environmental benefits. 



1. From 2010 to 2018, U.S.  biodiesel consumption grew 632%, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

2. Biodiesel was the most popular alternative fuel option among respondents in the 2019 Fleet Purchasing Outlook published by the National Truck Equipment Association. It was also the top pick for future interest in alternative fuels. (Membership required to view report for free.) 

3. Biodiesel was the  first fuel named an advanced biofuel by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency based on its ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by more than 50% compared with petroleum.

4.  We ran some calculations based on proven methods to illustrate this emissions reduction from the opposite perspective too. Here’s how much higher GHG emissions are for other fuel choices, compared to REG B100 (100% biodiesel):

  • 580% higher with petroleum diesel
  • 435% higher with compressed natural gas
  • 195% higher with an electric vehicle with natural gas-derived electricity

5.  Thanks to their lower emissions and ability to meet California’s clean air regulations, biodiesel and renewable diesel eliminated a total of 4.3 million tons of carbon dioxide in the state in 2018 — the highest of any fuels.

6.  As clean air regulations gain traction across the country, fleet owners and operators are increasingly interested in ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Fuel providers can help meet this demand by offering renewable fuel options.

7.  Ford’s best-selling  F-150 truck now includes a diesel option, and it supports a B20 blend of biodiesel (20% biodiesel, 80% petroleum diesel).

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