NBB delivers RFS2 education to the petroleum industry

By NBB | April 21, 2011

The renewable fuel standard is one of the most important federal policy drivers for the biodiesel industry in 2011. While it is important for the biodiesel industry to understand the program, it is just as important that the obligated parties on the petroleum side understand how RFS2 works, and how they can use biodiesel to comply.

That is why the National Biodiesel Board recently developed and delivered an educational series of webinars targeted specifically for the petroleum industry, outlining the biodiesel industry’s steps for producing and distributing quality biodiesel to meet the U.S. EPA’s 2011 volumetric requirements under RFS2.

“Our objective with the development and execution of these comprehensive training webinars specific to RFS2 was to ensure the petroleum supply chain that the biodiesel industry was, in fact, ready to produce and deliver the highest quality biodiesel fuel to meet the demands associated with the EPA RFS2 program,” said Paul Nazzaro, petroleum liaison to the NBB. “And we definitely accomplished that goal.”

A comprehensive overview of the biodiesel industry was given during the webinar sessions. Specific RFS2 topics included outlook for 2011 biodiesel supply and demand, management strategies utilized for RINs compliance, federal and state-specific legislative polices driving biodiesel demand, end-user markets pushing biodiesel sales and more.

The sessions were promoted to the petroleum industry through NBB contacts, NBB members’ client bases and NBB petroleum industry partners such as the Petroleum Marketers Association of America, Independent Liquid Terminals Association, Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America and the National Oilheat Research Alliance.

Each of the five regionally focused sessions averaged above 50 attendees and led to many follow-up requests for the NBB Petroleum Outreach team.

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