Biodiesel Facts and Information

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, agricultural oils and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification.

It is the first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel being produced on a commercial scale across the country- meaning the EPA has determined that it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent to 86 percent when compared with petroleum diesel.

Biodiesel is produced in nearly every state in the country with only 2 Plants in SC. Last year Biodiesel supported more than 39,000 jobs and $3.8 billion in GDP.

The 4.6 billion gallons of Biodiesel produced in the U.S. since 2005 have displaced an equivalent amount of diesel fuel and reduced lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 56.2 billion pounds, the equivalent of removing 4.96 million passenger vehicles from America's roadways.

The EPA's recent decision finalizes the agency's draft proposal to increase the 2013 volume requirement for biomass-based diesel under the RFS to 1.28 billion gallons. This represents a modest increase from the industry's record production last year of nearly 1.1 billion gallons and puts the industry on course for steady, sustainable growth in the coming years.

According to a recent economic study, the 2013 volume increase will support more than 10,000 new jobs. The United States uses 20 million barrels of oil a day. Twenty million barrels is enough oil to fill 1,272 Olympic-size swimming pools each day.

Biodiesel is a renewable, biodegradable, nontoxic domestic fuel. It can be made from vegetable oils, animal fats, or greases.

Biodiesel has a positive energy balance, producing 3.2 units of energy for every unit of energy used in production. In contrast, diesel fuel produces on .89 units of energy for every unit of energy used in production.

Compared to diesel fuel made from petroleum, Biodiesel produces fewer air pollutants like particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrocarbons, and air toxics.

The by-product in the production of Biodiesel is glycerin which is used in commercial applications from toothpaste to cough syrup.

Recycling waste oil into a usable and sustainable product is more environmentally friendly. Recycling also reduces the amount of waste in local landfills, and helps keep our rivers and streams clean.

Biodiesel is excellent for use in marine engines. Studies show that the use of Biodiesel in boats reduce the environmental impacts in our waterways