Biodiesel industry applauds federal flex-fuel fleet directive

By The National Biodiesel Board | May 25, 2011

The National Biodiesel Board applauded the White House's directive Tuesday ordering the federal government to move toward alternative-fuel vehicles, pointing out biodiesel's unique position as a widely available advanced biofuel that significantly reduces emissions and can be used in existing vehicles. 

The federal government uses more than 66 million gallons of diesel fuel and 6.5 million gallons of biodiesel each year. 

"Clearly there is room for continued growth of biodiesel in the federal fleet as biodiesel is perfectly suited for this program," said Gary Haer, vice president of Renewable Energy Group Inc. and chairman of NBB. "Dozens of local governments, universities and other institutions already are using biodiesel to help green their fleets. It's something the federal government could do immediately, without leaving the taxpayer a big bill for new equipment."

The EPA has determined that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent to 86 percent compared with petroleum diesel, while also significantly cutting nearly every major air pollutant. 

Its production, distribution and use will support more than 30,000 U.S. jobs and replace nearly 1 billion gallons of petroleum diesel in 2011. Biodiesel meets strict specifications of ASTM D6751 and is covered under warranty for use by all major engine manufacturers.

"Imagine the entire federal diesel fleet powered by biodiesel. It's within reach,” Haer said, “and it’s an achievable objective for this Administration.” 

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