Biodiesel is on the rise. It’s a little surprising… Actually, it’s a lot surprising. But lo and behold, the data is in. According to the California Air Resources Board Low Carbon Fuel Standard program, biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel use wiped out 4.3 million tons of carbon dioxide in Californi. That was in 2018 alone. For the record, that’s more than another fuel type. Moreover, this includes ethanol and battery electric power.
Here’s the breakdown. Because the newest diesel engines can be more easily paired with biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel, the fuel impacts emissions easier. By the way, this information comes courtesy of the Diesel Technology Forum.
As it stands, current engines can achieve close to zero-emissions performance on basic diesel fuel. When paired with biodiesel or renewable diesel fuels, the clean diesel engines can produce immediate clean air and GHG reductions.
There’s an even better feature of this fuel type. Unlike other alternative fuel and powertrain types, bio-based fuels do not need additional fueling infrastructure. This makes it easier for fleets to use it.
Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum notes, “The pairing of biofuels with new generation diesel engines is, hands down, one of the most effective – and underrated – ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty transportation sources.”
CART and the Environmental Protection Agency see biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel as accelerated biofuels. As a matter of fact, these fuels are able to reduce GHG emissions by 50% or more. This opposes their traditional, fossil-based equivalents.
Goals Met Because of Biodiesel
Schaeffer mentions that there’s no way California would have been able to achieve its 2020 climate goals in 2018 without the help of biodiesel and renewable diesel fuels.
According to Schaeffer, “These new, advanced fuels offer state and city leaders new opportunities to put existing and readily available equipment to work and still deliver on clean air and climate goals.”
Schaeffer also says if California will continue to rely on alternative technologies to meet their goals they’d still be waiting.