Highest biodiesel honors awarded to OEMs, biodiesel users, researchers

By NBB | February 28, 2012

The National Biodiesel Board recognized biodiesel champions with the annual Eye on Biodiesel awards presented at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla.


“Biodiesel, America’s advanced biofuel, would not be what it is today without champions and supporters like these Eye on Biodiesel honorees,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of the NBB. “We are proud to recognize these leaders from all facets of the biodiesel industry.”


The NBB’s 2012 Eye on Biodiesel award categories and their winners are:


• Impact: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. and Hino Trucks. In 2011, two new equipment manufacturers joined the ranks of B20 supporters. Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. announced that all of its 2011 and forward model year diesel trucks are approved for use with B20. Isuzu was a trailblazer as the first Asian manufacturer to approve B20 for U.S. market spec engines. Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, then multiplied the market impact by becoming the first manufacturer to support the use of B20 biodiesel blends in a hybrid-electric truck, as well as in its complete product line of class 4 and 5 cab over, and class 6 and 7 conventional trucks. With these two additions, 95 percent of the U.S. medium-duty truck market now approves B20.

• Industry Partnership: U.S. EPA, Paul Argyropoulos and the Office of Transportation and Air Quality. The EPA has taken a strong leadership role in creating a workable renewable fuels program under the Clean Air Act that meets the intent of Congress to stimulate domestically produced, alternative fuels. “Throughout the past four years, NBB has worked with EPA on implementation of the program and we appreciate their willingness to listen to our industry in making critical policy decisions,” said Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs for the NBB. “The agency’s balanced, professional oversight has ensured that the nation is meeting the goals that Congress envisioned, including strong, sustainable growth in biomass-based diesel production.”

• Initiative: Brent Hajek, Hajek Motorsports. “Just because it’s ‘green’ doesn’t mean it’s slow.” That's the mantra of Brent Hajek, owner of Hajek Motorsports and record-setting driver of the 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup truck that sped to an amazing new 182 mph land speed record running on a 20 percent biodiesel blend at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah last summer. Hajek set out to prove that B20 isn't only cleaner and greener, but it has the ability to perform better than petroleum diesel even under the most demanding conditions.

• Innovation: Keith Kline and Virginia Dale—Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Keith Kline and Virginia Dale are leaders in scientific thought and published research on the true environmental impact of biodiesel and renewable fuels. Their published works on measurement of land use change and environmental impacts of feedstock production provide needed perspective in a political atmosphere that threatens to stymie advancement of alternative fuels due to speculation and unsupported claims against the environmental reputation of biofuels.

• Influence: The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. The Port Authority has been a strong biodiesel supporter and user since 2000 using B20 in all its diesel vehicles used to maintain famous New York and New Jersey locations such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, the World Trade Center and JFK International airport. Its biodiesel fueling network includes 12 on-site fueling locations in addition to a network of off-site retail service stations. Its strong commitment to biodiesel remains an example for fleets across the country.


During the conference, NBB also presented its Pioneer Award to Krysta Harden, chief of staff for USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. Throughout her three decades in Washington, D.C., Harden has held numerous positions including with Gordley Associates, representing the American Soybean Association. Harden was instrumental in laying the groundwork for federal biodiesel policies that have been hugely successful in growing a viable biodiesel industry.

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