NBB gets to work on 2013
Though most will wait until January to ring in the new year, the National Biodiesel Board is already hard at work on FY 2013 priorities. The new fiscal year began Oct. 1, closing out a significant and productive 2012. Despite continued challenges, it is impressive what NBB accomplishes to support member priorities.
With support from the soybean checkoff and federal grants, NBB leverages member dues to contributions 4-to-1. So for every dues dollar we can invest in policy issues, there is outside money available to support key programs like engine testing, communications and sustainability research.
Securing 1.28 million gallons for 2013 was a big win and an uphill battle, but it’s just one of the many things to be proud of when looking back on the year. For example, NBB wrapped up its second year of a national ad campaign. The effort featured two 30-second television spots, print, online and radio ads and has already worked to advance biodiesel’s image as America’s advanced biofuel. Bioheat also gained new ground with it’s “the Evolution of Oilheat” campaign. The regional effort included ads as well as direct outreach and promotions to dealers. NBB’s RIN Integrity Task Force set to work and advised Genscape on their launch of a real-time audit system to help shore up RIN integrity. Overall, the BQ-9000 program saw a 20 percent growth in accredited companies in FY 2012, bringing the volume of biodiesel produced by BQ-9000 companies to 85 percent, marking continued expansion of quality fuel in the marketplace. This year, six states were added to the list of those that proactively enforce the ASTM specification for biodiesel. This means that 23 of the 50 U.S. states now enforce D6751, up from only seven five years ago. NBB continues to invest in research that proves our environmental benefit, such as continued work to improve the quantification of indirect land-use change. In early FY 2012, the NBB’s Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians training curriculum received accreditation under the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Continuing Automotive Service Excellence (CASE) program. Also in the technical umbrella, 2012 saw the development of a biodiesel durability protocol for the railroad sector. 2012 saw the final passage of the No. 1-B grade of biodiesel into ASTM D6751, with tighter controls on monoglycerides (0.4 percent by mass maximum) and a year-round cold soak value of 200 seconds maximum.
While this list is not even close to exhaustive, it gives a glimpse into the power of a unified trade association working to further members’ priorities.