Fuel quality program continues growth, provides confidence
The BQ-9000 program is the unique combination of the ASTM standard for biodiesel, ASTM D6751, and a quality management system that includes storage, sampling, testing, blending, shipping, distribution, and fuel management practices to ensure quality for consumers.
According to Scott Fenwick, BQ-9000 program manager, more than 80 percent of U.S. biodiesel production is from BQ-9000-accredited producers. This number continues to increase as more biodiesel producers are accredited into the program and it shows the industry’s continued commitment to fuel quality. This year the program has accredited new companies in all three categories, bringing year-to-date totals in the program to 45 certified producers, 24 marketers and 11 laboratories. At present, there are an additional 13 companies in the process of becoming certified.
The BQ-9000 program is governed by the Biodiesel Accreditation Commission. The NBAC is a group of industry representatives appointed by the National Biodiesel Board governing board to design and implement the fuel quality program. Fenwick was previously the chairman of the NBAC but will continue his work with the BQ-9000 program as the lead staff contact.
“My role with the BQ-9000 program has changed as I moved from the industry side to the staff side but the NBAC is made up of a great group of producers, marketers, consumers and petroleum industry representatives,” Fenwick said. “The program is poised to continue its growth and provide confidence that the biodiesel fuel in the marketplace is produced to, and maintained at, the industry standard, ASTM D6751.”
The BQ-9000 program is open to any biodiesel producer, fuel marketer or testing laboratory. For more information or to inquire about becoming a BQ-9000-accredited organization, contact Scott Fenwick at the NBB office or visit www.bq-9000.org.