Production of biomass-based diesel reached 4 billion gallons in 2023, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Both domestic production and use of advanced biomass-based diesel grew by 1 billion gallons in 2023, compared to 2022.
Biomass-based diesel includes biodiesel and renewable diesel.
“The clean fuels industry achieved what EPA said could not be done—namely continued growth of advanced biodiesel, renewable diesel…from sustainably sourced feedstocks,” said Kurt Kovarik, VP of federal affairs for Clean Fuels Alliance America (CFAA), in a statement.
In June 2023, EPA finalized Renewable Fuel Standards for 2023, 2024 and 2025 that provided only moderate increases in the biomass-based diesel and non-cellulosic advanced volumes each year, according to CFAA. EPA established a mere 60-million-gallon increase in biomass-based diesel volumes for 2023 and only a 530-million-gallon increase for 2024 and 2025. Clean Fuels advocated increased growth of 500 million gallons for the biomass-based diesel category each of the three years.
“Our industry—including producers, oilseed processors, fuel distributors, and marketers—has made significant investments to make clean fuels available to more consumers and rapidly decarbonize heavy-duty transportation fuels…,” said Kovarik. “EPA’s data demonstrates that the rapid, sustainable growth we projected is being achieved.”
Source: Clean Fuels Alliance America