The EPA today announced that it will increase the biodiesel volume requirement in the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program for 2013. The volume requirement for biomass-based diesel under the RFS will be raised to 1.28 billion gallons. EPA increased the volume requirements after consideration of environmental, market and energy-related factors. Today’s action follows careful review of the many comments and additional information received since EPA proposed the volume in 2011, the agency reports.
“This was an incredibly important decision, and the Obama Administration got it right,” said Joe Jobe, CEO, National Biodiesel Board (NBB). "It will allow biodiesel plants across the country to invest and expand, creating thousands of jobs. At the same time, it sends a strong signal that the U.S. is standing firm behind its commitment to producing clean, American-made energy to strengthen our energy security and break our dependence on petroleum."
According to a recent economic study, the 2013 volume increase will support more than 10,000 new jobs. The industry already supports more than 39,000 jobs, with plants in nearly every state in the country, the NBB reports.
The 4.6 billion gallons of biodiesel produced in the U.S. since 2005 have displaced an equivalent amount of diesel fuel and reduced life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions by 56.2 billion pounds, the equivalent of removing 4.96 million passenger vehicles from America's roadways, the NBB adds.