Biodiesel and Alternative Diesel Fuels

This page last reviewed on July 21, 2017

Background 

ADFPicARB's diesel fuel regulations are geared toward controlling criteria pollutant emissions from hydrocarbon-based fuels and are not intended to provide a market pathway for alternative diesel fuels (ADF), such as biodiesel.  With the advent of the policies that incentivize or require ADFs, such as the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, there is a clear need to provide a pathway for emerging ADFs to enter the California market.  Over the past several years, ARB staff has endeavored to solicit stakeholder input via meetings and public workshops regarding the need for new regulations to address this gap. Information regarding developing ADF regulatory concepts and processes can be accessed from the ADF websites.

Under the proposed ADF regulation, biodiesel is considered the first alternative diesel fuel.  Staff has conducted essential research and held many workshops for biodiesel as an ADF.

What's New

  • July 20, 2017:  ARB has approved VESTA™ 1000 under the certification provisions of the Alternative Diesel Fuel regulation as an emissions equivalent additive for use with biodiesel blends B20 and below.  For more information...

Related Links

LCFSCalifornia Air Resources Board

Low Carbon Fuel Standard
Fuels Multimedia Evaluations
Alternative Diesel Fuels Regulation
DataCenterU.S. Department of Energy
  
Alternative Fuels Data Center
Provides information on alternative fuels and vehicles including programs, events, tools, data, analysis and trends
RFSU.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  Renewable Fuel Standard
BFINU.S. Department of Energy

Bioenergy Feedstock Information Network
Biomass feedstock information resources from the  U.S. Department of Engergy and other  research organizations.
USDA
DODU.S. Department of Defense

 Operational Energy Plans
DoD's energy policy interest in biofuels and alternative fuels as “sustainable and reliable” ways the United States can accomplish the defense mission.

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