Biodiesel is an easy way for fleets to reduce carbon footprints using existing diesel vehicles and fuel infrastructure. This renewable fuel replaces petroleum diesel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and keep engines running smoothly.

What is Biodiesel?

Biodiesel is a biomass-based diesel fuel made from sustainable feedstocks using a process called transesterification. Biodiesel is produced using sustainable feedstocks, including soybean oil, used cooking oil and other fats and oils.

Biodiesel is Typically Blended with Petroleum Diesel or Renewable Diesel

  • A common biodiesel blend is B20 – containing 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel fuel
  • Biodiesel also may be blended with renewable diesel fuel. For example, R80-B20 is a blend of 80% renewable diesel and 20% biodiesel
  • New technologies allow vehicles to operate on 100% biodiesel (B100) for even greater environmental and air quality benefits
  • States require pump labels at fuel stations to indicate the blend being used

What are Biodiesel Benefits?

  • Reduces emissions of greenhouse gases, particulate matter and other harmful air pollutants compared with petroleum diesel
  • Drop-in fuel that can be used in any diesel vehicle or vessel without modifications
  • Requires no investment in new vehicles or fueling infrastructure
  • Improves fuel cetane content and lubricity to prevent premature wear of engine parts
  • Lower soot production reduces diesel particulate filter regenerations for less engine maintenance
  • Suitable for cold-weather operation with proper winter additives and fuel maintenance
  • Non-toxic and biodegradable with virtually no risk to the environment wildlife or humans if spilled
  • U.S.-made to support energy independence
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