Understanding the Data on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

What is a metric ton of greenhouse gas emissions?

What does it mean to keep that out of the atmosphere? How about a million tons?

With the rise of the sustainability movement, we’re all hearing a lot about carbon reduction. The data can seem abstract — and yet it’s increasingly important to meet organizational or regulatory sustainability targets.

REG employees at biodiesel plant

As an example, the nearly 519 million gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel that Renewable Energy Group produced in 2020 generated 4.2 million metric tons of carbon reduction for our customers. That 4.2 million figure may be hard to grasp, but consider that it is equivalent to:*

  • The GHG emissions from an average passenger vehicle that has driven 10.4 billion miles
  • The carbon dioxide emissions from burning 4.6 billion pounds of coal
  • The carbon dioxide sequestered by 5.5 million acres of U.S. forest in one year

That helps you better picture the impact of using cleaner fuels, right?

Customer GHG Email

As sustainability continues to become more important to public and private organizations everywhere, the REG team continues to find ways to help our customers demonstrate their commitment to emission reductions. That’s why we generate bimonthly emails showing our fleet customers how many metric tons of GHG emissions they’ve avoided by using our products, including the equivalencies mentioned above.

This data not only indicates to biodiesel, renewable diesel and REG Ultra Clean® users how impactful their choices are, but it can also help them win additional business. We’ve written before about the importance of incorporating sustainability information into RFPs — and this is exactly the kind of information we mean.

Easily understandable data allows someone making major purchasing decisions to see their options more objectively. A fleet manager, sustainability officer or CEO — anyone who knows how important this subject is — will undoubtedly appreciate a clear picture of how working with a certain fleet can contribute to their carbon reduction goals and requirements.

If you’d like to learn more about these emails, or even discuss switching to REG fuels and getting your own data, we’d love to talk.



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