Camelina oil pathway approved under RFS2

By Ron Kotrba | March 12, 2013

The U.S. EPA approved biodiesel from camelina oil to qualify as both biomass-based diesel and an advanced biofuel under the renewable fuel standard in February, meaning the agency has determined that biodiesel made from camelina oil exceeds the 50 percent threshold of greenhouse gas emissions reductions compared to baseline diesel fuel. EPA published its original final rule approving the camelina pathway in January 2012 but later withdrew the rule after receiving several adverse comments. “This decision adds to the growing list of biodiesel feedstocks that meet the EPA's standards for advanced biofuel and gives us yet another option for producing sustainable, domestic biodiesel that displaces imported oil,” says Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs with the National Biodiesel Board. “This is important for our energy security, for our economy and for addressing climate change, and we thank the EPA for conducting a thorough and fair review.” The EPA also clarified the definition of renewable diesel to explicitly include jet fuel.

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