NBB appoints members to Sustainability Task Force

By | April 15, 2008
Small and large biodiesel producers, distributors, and various feedstock suppliers and farmers will help lead the biodiesel industry in regard to sustainability. The National Biodiesel Board recently announced the members of its inaugural Sustainability Task Force. Under the leadership of Emily Bockian Landsburg of Philadelphia Fry-O-Diesel, the Sustainability Task Force will work to ensure that the U.S. biodiesel industry continues to protect the environment while producing jobs and reducing dependence on foreign oil. NBB Governing Board Chairman Ed Hegland appointed Landsburg to chair the 10-member volunteer task force of NBB members.

"In order to develop best practices that will be adopted throughout our industry, we selected a task force that represents the various segments of the industry and regions of the country," Landsburg said. "Recognizing the need for input from critical stakeholders who are not members of the NBB, such as environmental organizations, government entities and sustainability advocates, we are forming an advisory committee that will be heavily involved in this process."

The members of the task force, chosen from more than 200 pages of applications, are:
Kumar Plocher, Yokayo Biofuels, Ukiah, Calif. Yokayo is a small producer making and distributing biodiesel from waste kitchen greases the company collects.

Victoria Carver, Iowa Soybean Association, Urbandale, Iowa ISA has developed environmental management practices that address soil and energy conservation, and run-off, pest and nutrient management.

Rachel Burton, Piedmont Biofuels, Pittsboro, N.C. Piedmont is a small producer that grew out of a grassroots cooperative.

Dennis Fisher, Archer Daniels Midland Co., Decatur, Ill. Fischer is the director of the Office of Compliance and Ethics and member of ADM's Sustainability Steering Committee.

Darryl Brinkmann, American Soybean Association. Brinkmann is a soybean farmer who resides near Carlyle, Ill.

Tim Maneely, U.S. Biodiesel Group, St. Paul, Minn. Maneely, representing a large producer, is a production plant engineering and design expert with experience in soy, palm and coconut oil supply chains.

Doug Smith, Baker Commodities, Minneapolis Smith has more than 20 years experience in the rendering and oleochemicals industry, specializing in quality control and safety management.

Jeff Trucksess, Green Earth Fuels, Houston Trucksess is a regulatory and legislative expert with a background in international development.

Brian Young, Imperium Renewables Young is the director of sustainability for Imperium's 100 MMgy plant in Washington state.

Landsburg, Philadelphia Fry-O-Diesel, Philadelphia Landsburg, who is an organizer of the Sustainable Biodiesel Summit, is from a company that developed technology to convert the waste material of sewer trap grease into biodiesel.

"The members of this task force will lead the charge to develop industry-wide guidance to ensure that the biodiesel industry does not harm or deplete our natural resources," Hegland said. "I am looking forward to working with this dynamic group, in creating policies that are of vital importance to the biodiesel industry."

The task force will oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive sustainability roadmap for the U.S. biodiesel industry that will quantify and maximize the environmental and social benefits of biodiesel; ensure that biodiesel produced and sold in the United States comes from sustainable resources; ensure the best environmental and safety practices are followed in the production of biodiesel; develop mechanisms to encourage responsible use of the world's resources; discourage the use of non-sustainable agriculture practices worldwide in biodiesel production.

Further, the renewable fuels standard, which was recently expanded under the 2007 Energy Bill, includes a requirement that biomass-based diesel, which includes biodiesel, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent compared to petroleum diesel fuel in order to qualify as an advanced biofuel under the program. Scientific, peer-reviewed studies from the USDA and U.S. DOE suggest that biodiesel will easily exceed this threshold. The NBB also has feedstock development programs in place that have the potential to bring sustainable agriculture to non-productive lands.

Visit biodiesel.org/aboutnbb/sustainability for more on the task force, including extended bios on the members.
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