The California Air Resource Board (CARB) announced on 20 July the certification of a B20 biodiesel additive, lowering the renewable fuels emissions profile and making it the cleanest diesel fuel in the nation.
Branded VESTA 1000, the additive reduces every measurable regulated emission, including NOx, when blended with California’s unique diesel formulation called CARB diesel. The initial research, which was led by the NBB, found a 20pc blend of biodiesel with VESTA 1000 reduced NOx by 1.9pc and reduced particulate matter by 18pc when compared with a non-blended CARB diesel fuel.
“This impressive NBB-led effort, over the course of the past eighteen months, has resulted in a first-of-a-kind CARB approval, which enables biodiesel to be the renewable fuel of choice to meet California’s stringent LCFS carbon reduction requirements,” said California Fueling, LLC chief executive Pat McDuff.
California Fueling, LLC will oversee the production of the VESTA 1000 formula, while Pacific Fuel Resource will deliver the product to market. The two companies will work cooperatively with NBB members as well as those in the California fuel community to support the ongoing use of biodiesel diesel blends up to B20.
“As a result of this effort, biodiesel will continue to play a major role in helping Californians meet their renewable energy and clean air goals,” said Pacific Fuel Resource President Paul Nazzaro.
“By increasing biodiesel use up to a B20 blend, estimated to be an additional 600mn gallon of cleaner-burning biodiesel annually, California can now achieve its goals under the LCFS.”