Government Study Finds Even Greater Biodiesel Emissions Reductions

The study, a collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory, Purdue University and USDA, represents the most up-to-date and comprehensive lifecycle analysis of biodiesel ever produced.
By The National Biodiesel Board | May 24, 2018

A recent study on biodiesel’s lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects confirms that biodiesel has the highest GHG reduction of any heavy-duty transportation fuel. According to the study, biodiesel reduces GHG emissions by 72 percent and fossil fuel use by 80 percent compared to petroleum diesel.

The study, a collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory, Purdue University and USDA, represents the most up-to-date and comprehensive lifecycle analysis of biodiesel ever produced. It is the latest in the significant body of transparent, peer-reviewed studies that conclusively quantify biodiesel’s widespread benefits.

The National Biodiesel Board worked closely with the study authors to share the most current data in an effort to continually improve the science that can ultimately impact policy decisions. This is exactly the kind of information biodiesel champions in Washington, D.C., and statehouses across the country need to lay the foundation for the industry’s legislative priorities.

This study represents the first time Argonne National Laboratory has published a lifecycle assessment of biodiesel including indirect land use change (ILUC). The improvements to ILUC modeling in this study were not possible just a few years ago, because the data was not available.

“It’s not news that biodiesel is good for the environment,” said Don Scott, NBB’s sustainability director. “Where credible results are needed for sound policies, it serves us well to look at transparent, reliable science.”

The more the models reflect real-world data, biodiesel’s benefits become even clearer. The improved model reduces ILUC emissions by more than 30 percent relative to the score adopted by the California Air Resources Board in 2015.

“Biodiesel’s emission-reduction benefits are so great that you can overapply penalties aligned with the most conservative models and biodiesel is still the cleanest alternative for today’s diesel engines and the heavy-duty transportation of tomorrow,” Scott said.

 
 
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