Welcome to the Biodiesel Sustainability Blog

Posted on September 5th, 2011

Welcome to our new Biodiesel Sustainability Blog. You know what they say, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” What “stays the same” is that biodiesel consistently delivers environmental and economic benefits over fossil fuels. Biodiesel continues to improve in energy efficiency, greenhouse gas benefits, and energy and food security.

The “change” we are introducing today is a new website to better communicate those consistent sustainability benefits. Biodiesel is a great fuel. Many biodiesel users have experienced the quality, performance and reduced tailpipe emissions of America’s Advanced Biofuel. Through this website, we aim to provide more information about biodiesel’s sustainability benefits to those who use biodiesel and to those who are still learning how biodiesel can improve the economic stability of their business, their community, and our country.

The truth is simple: biodiesel is the most sustainable liquid fuel you can buy. Biodiesel’s benefits are manifold. The sophisticated analysis that goes into quantifying those benefits through every stage of the fuel lifecycle can be complicated. The goal of this website is to better communicate the simple truth and, where necessary, provide the complicated background analysis in ways that are easy to understand and in a manner that can be repeated by further scientific review.

We’ll be adding information here to explain things like how biodiesel lowers the price of livestock feed and why biofuels are the only way to reduce greenhouse gases from transportation. So, if you have questions or criticism you’d like to see addressed, post a comment or email me at don@biodieselsustainability.com.

Biodiesel is a fuel to be proud of. We need fans and critics alike to check out the facts and spread the news. Because, by changing the fuel we use, we can keep America the same great nation it was meant to be.
Don Scott
Director of Sustainability, National Biodiesel Board

One Comment

  1. Ray Fitz says:

    Trying not to stray from biodiesel but feeling very strongly about all forms of renewable energy and environmental impact, I would like you to post the following on your website.

    We the people cannot afford to keep relying on oil, mostly foreign, to power our country. The oil spill last year in the Gulf demonstrates how much we are at a point that we have to become active in pushing for Renewable and Alternative Energy sources.

    Biomass is one of those sources. Biomass comes in many forms such as trees, plants and garbage. By burning biomass, we can capture ethanol, which can be mixed with gasoline as fuel for cars and trucks, reducing the amount of gasoline that we consume.
    There are almost 200 cities in the US with populations of a quarter of a million or more. Every one of them has a landfill full of garbage. That means that ¾ of our total garbage is in about 200 spots. Estimates say there are about a million tons of garbage in each spot, or 200 million tons of garbage in landfills, landfills that are always a problem for the cities where they are located.
    If you burn the garbage (BIOMASS) you can get 50 gallons of ethanol per ton. This is called Waste-To-Ethanol. That means, if you set up to burn garbage and capture the ethanol, you could generate 10 Billion gallons of ethanol from the existing supply. You can put up a plant to do this burning for around $320 million dollars and that would get you about 3200 tons of garbage (biomass) burned every day resulting in 58,000,000 gallons of ethanol every year, per plant.
    That would result in a ROI of 4 years in today’s market. The ethanol production in this method should run about $1.00 per gallon, which is a whole lot less than gasoline, so there would be an additional savings to the consumer.
    Does that sound reasonable? Follow this!

    If any of these 200 cities were to float a municipal bond issue for the cost and build their own biomass refinery, then after the ROI, they could realistically be looking at eliminating over 40 million dollars a year from their budget shortfall. Yes, $40,000,000 income from burning their own garbage!

    As consumers, we each generate about five pound of biomass
    (garbage) a week, so the plants would never run out of product to burn.

    What can you do? Go to a City Council meeting with this idea. Can you imagine your City Council turning down $40,000,000 a year for burning the garbage? Have them contact BlueFire Ethanol or Agresti Biofuels. Right now these are the two front-runnuers in building the facilities.

    Prod them. Get this started. It’s our planet, we the people.

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