- Biodiesel runs in any conventional diesel engine. No engine modifications are necessary to use biodiesel.
Biodiesel dramatically reduces harmful emissions that cause environmental problems such as global warming, acid rain and smog. Biodiesel reduces CO2 emissions by over 78% compared to petroleum diesel. Even blended with petroleum diesel, biodiesel significantly reduces emissions. Furthermore, the plants used to make biodiesel feedstock absorb more CO2 as they grow than the biodiesel produces when it is burned. This means that in the lifecycle of biodiesel production and use no new carbon byproducts are created. See emission reduction chart below for additional emission reduction data.
Sources: US EPA, US Dept. of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
- Health problems as a result of emissions exposure are also greatly reduced by the cleaner emissions of biodiesel. According to the American Lung Association biodiesel emissions are 90% less toxic than petro-diesel and will reduce incidents of health hazards such as asthma, emphysema and lung cancer.
- Biodiesel is domestically produced. Biodiesel benefits American farmers, American businesses and the national economy. Job creation, new markets for domestic agricultural products and keeping our energy dollars domestic are just a few of the many economic benefits gained by using biodiesel instead of imported petroleum diesel.
- Biodiesel is a renewable fuel source. Unlike fossil fuels, biodiesel is made from vegetable oilseed crops grown in America, which replenishes the market annually with renewable feedstock.
- Biodiesel is rapidly biodegradable and non-toxic. Biodiesel handling and use is far less damaging to the environment than petroleum fuel, and is particularly superior in the event of a spill or leak.
- Biodiesel can be stored anywhere that petroleum diesel fuel is stored. All diesel fueling infrastructure including pumps, tanks and transport existing trucks can be used with biodiesel.
- Biodiesel can be used alone or mixed in any amount with petroleum diesel fuel. A 20% blend of biodiesel with diesel fuel is called “B20,” a 5% blend is called “B5” and so on.
- Biodiesel has superior lubrication quality than that of diesel fuel. It increases engine life and can be used to replace sulfur, the acid-rain-causing lubricating agent in petroleum diesel.
- Biodiesel is safer to transport. Biodiesel has a high flash point, or ignition temperature, of about 300 degrees F compared to petroleum diesel fuel, which has a flash point of 125 degrees F.
- Engines running on biodiesel run normally and have similar fuel mileage to engines running on diesel fuel. Auto ignition, fuel consumption, power output, and engine torque are relatively unaffected by biodiesel.
- Biodiesel has a pleasant aroma in comparison to the toxic smell of petroleum diesel fuel.
- Biodiesel is recognized by the EPA as an alternative fuel and is the only alternative fuel that has successfully completed Tier I and Tier II Health Effects Testing under the Clean Air Act and meets clean diesel standards established by the California Air Resources Board.
- Biodiesel saves money. Engines running on biodiesel have been shown to need less maintenance. Also, biodiesel use allows federal fleet managers to keep existing equipment on the road longer and still adhere to new, stricter emissions standards.
See the studies and learn more about this great fuel at: www.biodiesel.org.
We at Tri-State Biodiesel are committed to increasing the availability and usage of our locally produced, clean burning biodiesel fuel. By taking action to ensure that this renewable fuel is available throughout NYC, you can help ensure a sustainable future for all of us.
The Gulf oil catastrophe throws into sharp relief the true cost of our country’s oil addiction. No longer can industry apologists understate the risks and inevitable damage caused by oil exploration and exploitation. Safety regulations can only go so far; there will always be dangers associated with drilling at inaccessible locations. It is clear that the only answer is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
The chart below shows that the cumulative “hidden” cost of importing Persian Gulf oil comes out to a staggering $930 billion dollars a year, making the “real” cost of refined Persian Gulf oil the approximate equivalent of paying $27.07/gallon. By switching to usage of locally produced biodiesel fuel instead, these costs can be avoided, and we can slowly wean ourselves from the dinosaur of petroleum.
STUDY: THE TRUE COST OF PERSIAN GULF OIL
WHY USE BIODIESEL IN NEW YORK CITY?
- Biodiesel will reduce the incidence of respiratory sickness and death throughout NYC, saving thousands of lives and millions of dollars each year. Biodiesel will reduce smog and air pollution, helping make New York City a more attractive city in which to live and do business.
- Biodiesel will reduce NYC’s dependence on foreign oil.
- Biodiesel in NYC fleets will stimulate our economy, bringing new jobs at both the factory and the farm, and a new, forward-thinking industry into our city. A biodiesel industry feasibility study conducted by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority found that a 40 million gallon per year industry could create about 1,300 new jobs in NY State.
- Biodiesel could save the city millions in fleet replacement as it will and allow city vehicles to stay on the road longer and still be in compliance to the clean air act and other anti-pollution regulations.
- Biodiesel reduces reliance on infamous oil corporations like Exxon Mobile and BP.
Throughout the world, governments are beginning to realize that in terms of pollution, health, and geo-political stability, petroleum is no longer the fuel of choice. Also, being a finite resource, petroleum oil will only become more expensive as it becomes more scarce. Biodiesel can help NYC become more energy independent.
NYC can lead the way to a brighter future by transitioning to biodiesel.
Lately there has been some negative press concerning “Biofuels.” Some say that biofuels are pushing up the cost of food, and others say they cause more pollution or expend more energy than they create. These may be true for some forms of Ethanol but are entirely untrue for Biodiesel.
Biofuel is a broad term that can mean many different kinds of fuel from many different sources. When the media says Biofuel, what they usually mean is ethanol made from corn. Biodiesel is a specific term that refers to an alternative diesel fuel made from fats and oils. Biodiesel is not made from corn. In fact, in the US, most biodiesel is made from either soybean oil, waste animal fat, used cooking oil or some combination of the three.
When the media says biofuels are making food more expensive, what they should be saying is that corn ethanol (one of many biofuels), not Biodiesel, is a minor contributor to rising food costs. There are many factors associated with rising food costs in the US, which include: growing demand driven by China and India, currency valuation differentials, weather conditions, global consumption habits, cattle farming, and fuel costs to name but a few.
With soy-biodiesel, the food part of the bean is still used for food, so soy-biodiesel actually encourages more food production, not less. With waste cooking oil, and animal fat derived biodiesel, we are actually making fuel out of a waste product, which does not compete with food at all.
Another myth is that Biofuels take more energy to make than they create. The truth is that, according to the EPA and DOE, even corn ethanol, the least efficient of the biofuels family, creates 1.2 units of energy for every one unit used. In the case of soy-bean oil biodiesel the fuel creates 4.5 times the amount of energy than was used to make it. In the case of waste cooking oil based biodiesel, each unit of energy used to create the fuel yields a life-cycle equivalent of 5.5-7 units of energy!
A third myth about Biofuels is that they contribute more to global warming gases than they mitigate, the rationale being that burning down rainforests to plant crops would ultimately result in a rise of CO2. However, according to the FAO, in the 15 years from 1990 to 2005, the time period of the emergence of the biofuels into the world market, global deforestation has actually declined by 18%. In fact, in Brazil, which comprises over 50% of the world’s rainforests and is a global leader in biofuel production, rainforest deforestation rates have dropped sharply in the past four years by 56% in parallel with a marked 119% boom in the biodiesel and fuel ethanol industries. In other leading rainforest nations, such as India – a world leader in biofuel production – reported forest growth is occurring in tandem with significant development in its fuel ethanol industry. Globally, rainforest deforestation has decreased with an increase in biofuel demand and production.
Additionally, a recent report from National Geographic showed that all biofuels have significantly lower life-cycle emissions of carbon than fossil fuels. In the case of corn ethanol, the difference is meager, but in the case of biodiesel, long-range EPA and NREL studies show a 78% reduction in overall life-cycle carbon emissions.
In May of 2008, a group of senators alerted the public that much of the negative press on biofuels was a result of a corporate smear campaign conducted by a Washington DC public relations firm. This smear campaign was using fuzzy math and anonymous studies to slow the US transition to biofuels, much in the same way that similar campaigns continue to slow action on global warming and the important move to renewable sources of energy.
“The Impact of the Biofuel Boom on Global Rainforest Deforestation”
To learn more and TAKE ACTION, go to www.biodiesel.org.
Our System and the Role You Play:
- To learn more about biodiesel, please take a look at our materials below, or the Biodiesel.org fact sheets. To download, click below to open as a .PDF and then “Save As.”
The Myths and Facts About Biodiesel
Biodiesel Definition and Benefits
Join the BIO-NYC Campaign!
TSB Sales Presentation
Cooking Oil Recycling Services
Oil Collection Service Flier TSB Used Cooking Oil Containers