2018 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo – Complete Official Blog Highlights

Posted on January 29th, 2018

Below are complete highlights from the official blog of the 2018 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo.

Producers, marketers, and aficionados returned to the Fort Worth Convention Center for four days (January 22 – 25) of all things biodiesel at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo.

This year’s conference also served as a celebration for the conference sponsor when the National Biodiesel Board was honored for 25 years of service providing research and representation for the industry in Washington, DC, and across the country.

Full coverage can be found on the official blog.

New Report Highlights Biodiesel Sustainability

A new study on biodiesel’s lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects updates and reaffirms the long-understood benefits of using the renewable fuel. Results confirm that biodiesel compared to petroleum diesel reduces GHG emissions by 72 percent and fossil fuel use by 80 percent.

Read the full post and listen to an interview with Don Scott, sustainability director for the National Biodiesel Board.

Eye on Biodiesel Innovation Award

National Renewable Energy Lab Senior Chemist Earl Christensen was honored with the Eye on Biodiesel Innovation Award at the 2018 National Biodiesel Conference.

Read the full post and listen to the award presentation.

All About Federal Policy Panel

In a year when representation for biodiesel in Washington D.C. was more critical than ever, it was the chief operating officer of the National Biodiesel Board who stepped up to the plate to fill in as vice president of federal affairs to allow the organization to search for just the right person to take on this vital role. Doug Whitehead did a great job navigating the rough waters of federal policy for six months but he is very happy to be handing that role over now to Kurt Kovarik, former senior adviser for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who just started a couple of weeks ago.

Read the full post and listen to the discussion.

GM Offers 20 B20-Approved 2018 Diesel Models

General Motors has a strong lineup of 20 different diesel vehicle options for the 2018 model year – spanning the car, truck, van, and compact SUV categories – and GM supports B20 in all 20 of those models.

Read the full post.

CAT Sets the Biodiesel Off-Road Standard

Heavy equipment giant Caterpillar Inc. was featured at the National Biodiesel Conference this year with a CAT 938M Small Wheel Loader with a high torque, low speed C7.1 ACERT engine in the Biodiesel Vehicle Technology Showcase.

Read the full post and listen to insights from Caterpillar Inc. Director of Emissions Regulations and Conformance Mike Rochford.

NBB CEO Meets the Press

There was no shortage of topics for reporters to ask NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen about during an informal press conference at #NBB18. Among the topics of interest – need for the biodiesel tax credit, the first year with the Trump administration, a cap on RINs prices, working with the oil industry, and whether the domestic biodiesel industry could meet capacity with less imports.

Read the full post and listen to the press conference.

Hot Grease and Hot Topics

Hot Grease is a Discovery Channel documentary showcasing the growth of the biodiesel industry.

Read the full post and listen to the panel discussion.

Biodiesel Climate Leader Award Goes to Seattle

The City of Seattle is one of the leading biodiesel fleet users in America, which made them a clear choice for this year’s Eye on Biodiesel Climate Leader award.

Read the full post and listen to the award presentation.

Optimus Takes Center Stage at NBB18

A semi that runs on 100 percent biodiesel literally took over the stage at the 2018 National Biodiesel Conference. The Optimus Technologies truck served as the backdrop and screen for all of the mainstage events at the conference.

Read the full post and listen to a discussion with Optimus founder and CEO Colin Huwyer.

Ford’s Biodiesel Lineup

We jumped in the passenger seat of the 2018 Ford F250 Super Duty during the Biodiesel Ride & Drive to take a spin around Fort Worth and learn more about biodiesel’s capabilities.

Read the full post and watch the video.

Censky Receives Biodiesel Pioneer Award

USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky was presented with the Eye on Biodiesel Pioneer award at the 2018 National Biodiesel Conference.

Read the full post and listen to Censky’s award and press remarks.

NBB Chair Reflects on 25 Years

National Biodiesel Board (NBB) chairman Kent Engelbrecht of ADM remembers 1993 very well.

Read the full post and listen to Engelbrecht’s comments.

Petroleum Industry Reps Engage in RFS Dialogue

In an effort to facilitate dialogue with the petroleum industry regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), NBB18 invited representatives to engage on a panel to work towards some common ground.

Read the full post and listen to the conversation.

Eye on Biodiesel Initiative Award

This year’s Eye on Biodiesel Initiative award was presented to HERO BX founder Samuel P. “Pat” Black, III.

Read the full post and listen to the award presentation.

Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award

Minnesota has been a leader in the biodiesel industry for decades and Mike Youngerberg has been working since 1986 to advance soybean industry priorities as a member of the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association staff. Mike’s dedication earned him the Eye on Biodiesel Impact award this year.

Read the full post and listen to award presentation and interview audio.

Welcome to #NBB18

The National Biodiesel Conference & Expo opened today at the Fort Worth Convention Center with the theme of “Driven” to celebrate to 25th anniversary of the National Biodiesel Board.

Read the full post and listen to opening remarks from NBB CEO Donnell Rehagan.

Get in the Mood for 25th Biodiesel Conference

This video, presented at the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference, is a great way to get in the mood to celebrate 25 years of all things biodiesel by taking us back to the beginning of the journey.

Read the full post and watch the video.

National Biodiesel Conference to Celebrate 25 Years

The biodiesel industry is heading to Fort Worth January 22 – 25 for the silver anniversary of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo.

Read the full post and listen to an interview with NBB CEO Donnell Rehagan.

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