Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance certifies SeQuential plant

By The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance | March 17, 2017

The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance has announced the certification of SeQuential, the longest-running commercial biodiesel producer on the West Coast, for its innovative and nearly zero-waste production of renewable fuel.

The SBA has developed and implemented an objective certification standard for measuring the sustainability of biodiesel production and use. SeQuential has been awarded the Gold-level standard for biodiesel production via independent third-party audit score.

SeQuential is dedicated to building a better energy model focused around regionally sourced biodiesel. All of the fuel SeQuential produces is made from used cooking oil recycled from restaurants and businesses within a roughly 500-mile radius of its Salem, Oregon, plant. Additionally, the company fuels its collection and delivery vehicles with high blends of its own biodiesel and offsets its energy consumption by using solar panels and setting regular energy conservation targets. 

“The Gold Certified level is currently the highest standard achieved for sustainable biodiesel production,” said Jeff Plowman, vice-chair of the SBA and certification committee chair.

The audit checklist for biodiesel production is based on the SBA’s Baseline Practices for Sustainability, and evaluates the following:

-Air Emissions
-Water Resources
-Waste Handling
-Plant Energy
-Sustainable Sourcing
-Community Benefit
-Plant/Worker Benefit

“We’re thrilled to be receiving SBA Gold Certification,” said Tyson Keever, CEO at SeQuential. “It’s rewarding to see our team’s commitment to sustainability recognized. We look forward to continuing to strengthen our sustainability practices through ongoing partnership with the SBA.”

This audit of SeQuential biodiesel production, the second of its kind, has given the SBA certification committee some valuable insight to the success of the audit procedure. The committee is dedicated to an ongoing analysis of sustainable practices in biodiesel production, distribution and use of biodiesel and is looking forward to a procedural review this year.

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