For the third consecutive year, biodiesel production has surpassed the billion-gallon milestone, according to recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency statistics.
The stats were derived from the most recent Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) data updated by the EPA monthly. According to figures from September, close to 140 million gallons of biodiesel were manufactured, pushing the year-to-date total past 1 billion gallons. In addition, 27 million gallons of renewable diesel, a diesel replacement similar to biodiesel, was also produced.
“This is a tremendous achievement that is a testament to the hard work of the biodiesel industry and the success of the Renewable Fuel Standard as an effective policy for diversifying our fuel supplies,” said Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board.
For 2013, biodiesel production is on its way to possibly reach more than 1.7 billion gallons by the end December, which more than exceeds the RFS requirement of 1.28 billion gallons.