Friday, September 28, 2012

Update - Volume of Biomass-Based Diesel that must be used in Transportation Fuel

Under the Clean Air Act Section 211(o), the Environmental Protection Agency is required to determine the applicable volume of biomass-based diesel to be used in setting annual percentage standards under the renewable fuel standard program for years after 2012. We proposed an applicable volume requirement for 2013 of 1.28 billion gallons on July 1, 2011. In order to sufficiently evaluate the many comments on the proposal from stakeholders as well as to gather additional information to enhance our analysis, we did not finalize this volume requirement in the January 9, 2012, rulemaking setting the 2012 percentage standards. In this action we are finalizing an applicable volume of 1.28 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel for calendar year 2013.

Summary of Today's Action
In today's action we are finalizing an applicable volume of 1.28 billion gallons for biomass-based diesel for 2013. This is the volume that was projected for 2013 in the March 26, 2010, RFS2 final rulemaking, and we are requiring it in 2013 based on consideration of the factors specified in the statute.

Today's final rule does not specify the percentage standard for biomass-based diesel in 2013, but only the applicable volume. The percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel that will be applicable in 2013 are being proposed in a separate Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

Find Out More

Questions may be directed to:
Julia MacAllister who is with the Office of Transportation and Air Quality of the EPA Assessment and Standards Division in Ann Arbor, Michigan at 734 214 4131; fax: 734 214 4816; e-mail:
* The EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality public information line at 734 214 4333; e-mail address:

1 comment:

  1. I hope this continues and that they'd be able to get more supply of biomas based diesel. They should also explore on hydraulic lubricants for a more environmental fuel industry.