Biodiesel is the most diverse fuel on the planet. It is made from regionally available, renewable resources that are abundant in the U.S., like soybean oil, other plant oils, recycled restaurant grease, tallow and other fats -- and even new sources like algae. It is produced in nearly every state and used from coast to coast.
Biodiesel is better for the environment because it is biodegradable and made from renewable resources. The EPA reports that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 57 to 86 percent, depending on the type of oil or fat used in production. That makes it one of the most practical, cost-effective ways to immediately benefit the environment.
If you drive a diesel vehicle then, yes, you can. If you don’t, you still may use biodiesel. Major fleets across the country use biodiesel – from city bus fleets and school buses to national parks -- vehicles you may ride on every day.
Biodiesel is the first (and currently, only) EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to be produced on a commercial scale. An Advanced Biofuel is made from renewable materials and must reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas by more than 50 percent compared to petroleum diesel. Many businesses rely on biodiesel – from mining companies powering underground equipment, to food retailers transporting groceries, to professional sports teams generating emergency power. It is a clean, welcome alternative in a growing number of communities. So, you may be using biodiesel without knowing it.
If you own or operate diesel vehicles, you can start using biodiesel today . Otherwise, you can explore whether fleets in your community (fire trucks, school buses, city buses, city trucks, and more) are using biodiesel and help get them on board. Also, be sure to support companies that use biodiesel in their day-to-day operations. These include destinations such as Disneyland and Cranmore Mountain Resort; food companies like Clif Bar, Kettle Chips and Planters Peanuts; government entities like the United States Postal Service and the U.S. Navy; Google, UPS, and many more.
The more you know about biodiesel, the less sense it makes that we aren’t using it in all of our heavy-duty vehicles.