National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Fuels 2019 with Industry ‘Engagement’

America’s largest celebration of biodiesel returned to California in January for a record sixth visit. More than 800 biodiesel producers, distributors, retailers and other industry advocates gathered in San Diego to immerse themselves in biodiesel.
By The National Biodiesel Board | April 08, 2019

America’s largest celebration of biodiesel returned to California in January for a record sixth visit. This year more than 800 biodiesel producers, distributors, retailers and other industry advocates gathered to Engage in thought-provoking discussions about America’s first commercially available advanced biofuel, to check out some of the latest technological advancements and offerings from automobile manufacturers, and to hear from prominent industry experts.

Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, kicked off the conference with a keynote address relating biodiesel to the moon landing, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. Just like the moon landing, biodiesel was another 20th Century technological feat.

“We created an entirely new fuel from sustainable, renewable resources to power our heavy-duty vehicles, cars, boats, and even our homes,” Rehagen said during his opening remarks. “Biodiesel and Bioheat may not be quite at the level of the moon landing, but they are major accomplishments worth celebrating. And we’re only getting bigger and better.”

NBB worked extensively to ensure this year’s conference was interactive and educational. In order to do that, NBB put together a jam-packed schedule with engaging speakers to offer important information on the latest in the industry. During the conference, speakers answered key questions about the biodiesel market, new regulations, critical policies, alternative fuels markets, biodiesel branding and environmental impacts.

Also, NBB made sure to cover all policy bases and shared up-to-date information on what 2019 looks like for the biodiesel industry. The Renewable Fuel Standard, trade, biodiesel tax incentive, low-carbon fuel policies, and Minnesota’s B20 state standard were among the topics covered. “It has always been NBB’s strategy to help establish state and regional policies to compliment the federal policies that shape our industry’s market,” Rehagen said.

While there is still policy uncertainty, biodiesel experts from coast to coast shared essential insights to help attendees navigate expectations for the coming years. “Showing our strength, getting down in the trenches and fighting, and securing the support of congressional allies will continue to be the keys to success,” said Kurt Kovarik, NBB vice president of federal affairs.

The conference also spotlighted the bright future of biodiesel through NBB’s Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. Each year the NGSB program offers scholarships to college students for an opportunity to participate alongside industry experts at the conference. This year scholarship winners had the opportunity to share their extensive biodiesel research during a poster session and a breakout session, titled, “One Small Step: The Next Generation of Biodiesel Scientists.”

“I have fulfilled my dream of presenting my research at the conference as an Indian biodiesel research representative,” said Santhosh Poojary, a biotechnology engineering student from the NMAM Institute of Technology in Nitte, India. “Industry conferences provide a great opportunity for networking and future collaboration. Words are limited to express my gratitude.”

Additionally, it wouldn’t have been a biodiesel conference without discussing the industry’s environmental stewardship. Biodiesel’s goal is to promote and advance biodiesel use through sustainable initiatives and practices. Integral sessions discussed how companies can commit to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and advance affordable, domestic renewable fuels to contribute to a cleaner environment.

To close out the conference, NBB went out with a bang in the final session, “To 2022 and Beyond: Renewable Fuels in the Next Decade.” Influential renewable fuel industry leaders discussed RFS and what is on the horizon for 2020.

“Opponents of the RFS early on thought that sustainability might be a weakness to exploit,” Rehagen said. “We knew that was wrong, that science was on our side—but we hadn’t galvanized biodiesel’s sustainability story with the data, research and scientific thought-leaders we needed to counter our opponents’ emotion-based attacks.”

If you missed anything during the conference, you can visit for detailed content including informative interviews, stories, photos and more. NBB hopes to see you next year at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida, Jan. 20-23, 2020.

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