BQ-9000 continues to grow with industry commitment to fuel quality

By NBB | August 16, 2011

High quality fuel continues to build consumer confidence in biodiesel and consumers can rest assured that biodiesel procured through BQ-9000 accredited organizations has undergone strict adherence to quality management practices. 

The backbone of the BQ-9000 program is the unique combination of the ASTM standard for biodiesel, ASTM D6751, and a quality management system that includes storage, sampling, testing, blending, shipping, distribution and fuel management practices that ensure quality for consumers.

The BQ-9000 program continues to grow as new companies apply and receive their accreditation and existing companies recertify to the program. Recently two new companies became BQ-9000 accredited. The Renewable Energy Group Inc. plant in Seneca, Ill., received its producer certification and Hess Corp. in Woodbridge, N.J., received its marketer certification. Three BQ-9000 accredited marketing companies were recently recertified into the program for three years: Sprague Energy of South Portland, Maine, RKA Petroleum of Romulus, Mich., and Caljet of America LLC out of Phoenix. 

The number of new applications to the program has also increased significantly in 2011. Currently, six companies  are going through the initial audits to become accredited.

According to BQ-9000 program manager Kyle Anderson, 79 percent of U.S. biodiesel production in 2010 came from BQ-9000 accredited producers. This number has steadily increased since 2005 and, so far in 2011, it has risen to 81 percent. Along with the continued commitment by biodiesel producers, there has been a noticeable increase in interest from marketers and fuel testing laboratories in recent months. 

For more information or to inquire about becoming a BQ-9000 Accredited Organization, contact Kyle Anderson at the National Biodiesel Board office.

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