National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe told an Environmental Protection Agency hearing Tuesday that the latest renewable fuels proposal will provide stability for the U.S. biodiesel industry while helping to create jobs, improve the environment and bolster U.S. energy security. The proposal calls for increasing the Biomass-based Diesel volume to one-billion gallons in 2012 and almost 1.3-billion gallons in 2013.
Jobe said the EPA’s proposal represents a modest and sustainable level of growth in the Biomass-based Diesel program that is consistent with the availability of the diverse feedstocks used to make biodiesel – such as vegetable oils, recycled cooking oil and animal fats. Jobe added that because it qualifies as an Advanced Biofuel – biodiesel is also eligible to exceed the Biomass-based Diesel targets and help meet general advanced biofuels requirements under the program.
Biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that is reducing U.S. dependence on foreign petroleum, creating green jobs and improving our environment. Made from an increasingly diverse mix of feedstocks, it is the only commercial-scale fuel used across the U.S. to meet the EPA’s definition as an advanced biofuel.