Biodiesel

Biodiesel is a domestically produced, renewable fuel that can be manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant grease for use in diesel vehicles. Biodiesel's physical properties are similar to those of petroleum diesel, but it is a cleaner-burning alternative. Using biodiesel in place of petroleum diesel, especially in older vehicles, can reduce emissions. Interested in being more involved? We’ve developed a biofuels subcommittee within DFW Clean Cities. Contact us at cleancities@nctcog.org to be part of our biofuels committee.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Basics:

  • Available as low-level blends as B5 (5 percent biodiesel, 95 percent petroleum) or up to B100 and high level blends

  • Most diesel engines can run B20 (20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent petroleum diesel)

  • Biodiesel can greatly reduce carbon dioxide emissions

  • Engines generally operate and perform the same as petroleum sourced diesel


Why a Biodiesel Vehicle Might Work for You:

  • Reduces emissions

  • Operation is similar to traditional petroleum diesel powered vehicles

  • Biodiesel causes far less damage than petroleum diesel if spilled or released into the environment.

  • Most diesel vehicles can accept low levels of biodiesel without any modification


Frequent Challenges:

  • Limited refueling

  • Emissions benefits vary depending on the amount of biodiesel used


For more information, visit Biodiesel Stakeholder Success Stories or Related Interest Groups

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