National Biodiesel Day: Industry Celebrates Feedstock Innovation

Annual celebration takes place on Rudolf Diesel’s birthday

On National Biodiesel Day, March 18, the clean fuels industry celebrates a milestone in renewable fuel history while honoring the legacy of Rudolf Diesel, the visionary behind the diesel engine. Diesel originally designed his engine to operate on peanut oil, recognizing the potential of vegetable oils as a renewable fuel source. His pioneering spirit continues to inspire advancements in the modern-day clean fuels industry.

Soybean oil contributed to roughly half of the feedstock for the 4 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel produced in the U.S. in 2023. The clean fuels industry uses one billion pounds of soybean oil every month, helping Clean Fuels achieve its vision of producing 6 billion gallons of biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel by 2030. 

Emerging markets are increasing demand for clean fuels driving innovation in feedstock development. Winter cover crops and other annual oilseeds, such as pennycress and Brassica carinata, are being explored as alternative feedstocks to help meet rising demand. These developments signify a momentous step forward in sustainable agricultural practices as farmers introduce new crops into their rotations to contribute to renewable fuels. 

“Demand is better than ever, as organizations continue to seek the lowest cost option to decarbonize using domestically produced feedstocks,” said Clean Fuels COO Doug Whitehead. “The benefits include cleaner air, economic growth for our rural communities, immediate cost savings and overall better engine performance.” 

The celebration of National Biodiesel Day underscores the importance of feedstock innovation and sustainable practices within the clean fuels industry. As new markets such as rail, marine and home heating oil continue toward decarbonization, low carbon fuels including biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel will play a crucial role in reducing carbon emissions now, rather than waiting for future technology.

Join us in commemorating National Biodiesel Day as we honor Rudolf Diesel’s legacy and celebrate the ongoing advancements in feedstock innovation and renewable fuels.

About Clean Fuels Alliance America

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil, and animal fats, the clean fuels industry is a proven, integral part of America’s clean energy future. Clean Fuels Alliance America is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel supply chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers and fuel distributors. Clean Fuels receives funding from a broad mix of private companies and associations, including the United Soybean Board and state checkoff organizations.

Originally shared by Clean Fuels Alliance America, March 18, 2024.

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