Biodiesel Now Employs Over 70,000 U.S. Workers

Readers who have been keeping up with the ongoing push for the Biodiesel Tax Credit (BTC) renewal or the discussions around the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are probably familiar with the number “64,000.” That’s the amount of jobs directly attributed to the biodiesel industry in 2016, cited frequently by biofuel proponents. As of 2020, that number has grown significantly. 
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2021, U.S. biodiesel output rose 5.3% in 2020, driving employment to about 70,860 jobs.
The U.S. is the world’s leading biofuels producer, thanks not only to biodiesel, but also a healthy and growing ethanol industry. 
It’s important to keep in mind that the biodiesel numbers should rise even higher when the BTC is renewed and the RFS calls for additional increases in production. In other words, even though the latest numbers show an increase of more than 8,000 jobs in just two years, this is only the beginning. Those who need an indicator that biodiesel will be a key player in the growing renewable energy economy need look no further.