Federal Affairs

Public Policy Benefits and Policy Issues

Biodiesel is the first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel being produced on a commercial scale nationwide, and there are compelling U.S. public policy benefits for increasing its use and production through strong domestic energy policies such as the Renewable Fuel Standard and the biodiesel tax incentive. To learn more about our federal policy priorities and how you can get involved, please visit our Fueling Action page. The benefits of biodiesel are clear:

The Biodiesel Industry Creates Jobs and Economic Benefits:  With plants in nearly every state, biodiesel production is creating jobs across the country. Every 100 million gallons of increased biodiesel production supports some 3,200 jobs. Producers nationwide are poised to expand production and hire new workers with steady growth under the RFS. In many rural areas of the country, biodiesel plants are a driving force of the local economy.

Biodiesel Improves U.S. Energy SecurityThe biodiesel industry is increasing domestic energy production, diversifying our fuel supplies and expanding domestic refining capacity so that we’re less vulnerable to global oil markets that are heavily influenced by unstable regions of the world and global events beyond our control. This improves U.S. energy security because petroleum is a global commodity, and U.S. consumers will remain vulnerable to volatile international oil prices without diversity and competition in the fuels market. 

Biodiesel Provides Environmental Benefits:  Biodiesel is made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, plant oils and animal fats. The EPA has recognized its environmental benefits by classifying it as an advanced biofuel, making biodiesel the only commercial-scale U.S. fuel produced nationwide to meet the agency’s criteria. According to the EPA, biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent to 86 percent when compared to petroleum diesel. In addition, biodiesel take wastes out of landfills and the nation’s waterways.

Biodiesel Reduces Diesel Emissions
Tailpipe emissions from traditional diesel – primarily from older trucking fleets, school buses and other vehicles – are a significant health and air quality concern. In a recent update to its National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment, EPA cited diesel exhaust as one of the nation’s most dangerous pollutants, saying it is “among the substances that may pose the greatest risk to the U.S. population.” Thousands of trucks and buses hit the road every day burning traditional diesel fuel. Substituting higher amounts of biodiesel for traditional diesel fuel is the simplest, most effective way to immediately improve emissions.

Biodiesel’s Growth Is Stimulating New Feedstocks and Technology: The growth of the biodiesel industry is stimulating new demand for fats and oils, which is leading to breakthroughs in feedstock development and technologies. Algae, camelina and pennycress are among the promising next-generation feedstocks that could help meet our nation’s energy demands in the future.
Biodiesel Is Helping Consumers at the Pump: Biodiesel is a cost-effective, renewable alternative to petroleum diesel that, with help from the RFS, is saving diesel consumers money. Each gallon of RFS-qualified biodiesel is accompanied by a RIN credit. The value of that credit, which is traded on the open market, is factored into the value of each gallon of biodiesel. This added value allows producers to sell biodiesel at a lower price to fuel distributors or fleet managers, who can then pass along savings to consumers.

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Trade Cases Process Summary, August 2017501.34 KBAug 22, 2017 Download
NBB Written Testimony to Commerce on Indonesia, May 2017508.60 KBMay 18, 2017 Download
NBB Trade Deficit Comments to Commerce, May 2017312.98 KBMay 18, 2017 Download
Trade Case Summary, Spring 2017312.64 KBMay 18, 2017 Download
NBB Comments on Evaluation of Regs 5-15-2017270.58 KBMay 16, 2017 Download
Blunt-Murray EPA Biodiesel letter - 20161.65 MBJul 21, 2016 Download
NBB Comments OAR-2016-0004 July 11 20161.31 MBJul 12, 2016 Download
NBB Cover Letter OAR-2016-0004 July 11 2016133.04 KBJul 12, 2016 Download
LMC Study for NBB Economic Impact of Biodiesel June 2016572.08 KBJun 27, 2016 Download
Written Statement of Anne Steckel, NBB - House EC RFS Hearing 6.22.16415.80 KBJun 22, 2016 Download
House Oversight Subcommittees - Statement -National Biodiesel Board - RFS Hearing-3-16-16163.81 KBMar 15, 2016 Download
Senate EPW Testimony-National Biodiesel Board-RFS Hearing-2-24-16163.39 KBFeb 24, 2016 Download
NBB Petition in US Appeals Court over 2015 RFS Rulemaking10.01 MBFeb 15, 2016 Download
IRS Notice Biodiesel Tax Credit Compliance 2015102.08 KBJan 14, 2016 Download
NBB Reply Brief on Argentina Imports 2016-1-121.24 MBJan 13, 2016 Download
EU Notice Reinstating Countervailing Duties - 2015638.23 KBSep 15, 2015 Download
EU Notice Reinstating Anti-Dumping Duties - 2015494.07 KBSep 15, 2015 Download
NBB Comments Cover Letter for EPA RFS Proposal 2015145.49 KBJul 28, 2015 Download
NBB Comments on EPA RFS Proposal 20151.07 MBJul 28, 2015 Download
Voter Survey - Biodiesel - Oct-2014242.89 KBOct 28, 2014 Download