Consumers' everyday tasks cut carbon on National Biodiesel Day

By The National Biodiesel Board | March 18, 2015

Today is National Biodiesel Day, and there is much to celebrate.

National Biodiesel Day is celebrated on March 18, the anniversary of Rudolf Diesel’s birthday. Diesel, born in 1858, was a true pioneer. When Diesel developed the first diesel engine it ran on a biofuel, peanut oil. In fact, he envisioned a time when vegetable oils would one day be as important as petroleum among transportation fuels.

In the U.S. today, diesel engines move approximately 90 percent of the nation's goods. Last year nearly 1.8 billion gallons of cleaner burning biodiesel was in the mix, replacing petroleum diesel, and working with clean diesel technology to reduce carbon emissions even further. As a result, consumers, just doing what they do—buying stuff, eating stuff, using stuff—helped support biodiesel and reduce carbon.

But those who want to do more to support the advanced biofuel can. It is as easy as joining the Biodiesel Alliance. Alliance members range from farmers to fleet managers, and from trade organizations to municipal agencies and local businesses. Biodiesel Alliance members have easy access to news and information about biodiesel and related topics. Sign up is free and a click away.

“Biodiesel works behinds the scenes to deliver a better alternative,” said Steven J. Levy, chairman for the National Biodiesel Board. “It is here now, working today across the country to improve our environment, support our economy and protect energy security. It is impressive what we have achieved in 10 years and clear that responsible policy and industry innovation is working to expand access to America’s advanced biofuel while benefitting consumers.” 


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