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Reform The RFS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will set the course for the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) through 2025 this June. As proposed, EPA’s rule significantly undercuts advanced biofuels by 500 million gallons per year and does not reflect the strength of the industry or its vital role in reducing transportation-based carbon emissions.

The ABFA urges EPA to increase the proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for 2023 – 2025 to accurately reflect the volumes of advanced, biomass-based diesel, and cellulosic pools available in the market.

The EPA has the power to make real progress in reducing carbon emissions by implementing an RFS that appropriately rewards advanced biofuels delivering up to 80% fewer emissions than fossil fuels. By revising its proposal to accurately reflect the market, EPA can pave the way for a cleaner, greener future. The members of the ABFA call on Congress to reform the RFS to better reward fuels that deliver higher emissions reductions, and to speed its regulatory approval process as innovative fuels, feedstocks, and technology pathways come to market. In absence of congressional action, ABFA encourages the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make a number of adjustments to the RFS under its current statutory authority.

U.S. Production Capacity Anticipated to Double by 2025

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, “U.S. production capacity for renewable diesel could more than double from current levels by the end of 2025, based on several announcements for projects that are either under construction or could start development soon.”

Feedstocks Are Abundantly Available to Power Renewable Fuel Production

LMC International, an agro-market consultancy, forecasted advanced biofuel supply and demand to 2025, and found more than enough biomass material and other feedstocks are available to significantly increase U.S. biomass-based diesel supply compared to EPA’s proposal, even after accounting for food.

EPA Undervalues Renewable Fuels by 500 Million Gallons Per Year

Lipow Oil Associates, a Houston-based energy analysis firm, projected built production capacity of biomass-based diesel, including renewable diesel, will reach 8 billion gallons by 2025 – more than double EPA’s proposal.

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