Biodiesel is an alternative to petroleum diesel made from Minnesota's own soybean crop. It is recognized as an "advanced biofuel" by the Environmental Protection Agency because it is a renewable fuel that cuts lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent. It is also acknowledged as a Clean Air Choice® by the American Lung Association in Minnesota.
Pure biodiesel contains no petroleum. However, it blends easily with petroleum diesel. In fact, Minnesota's diesel fuel contains 10 percent biodiesel from April through September each year, and 5 percent biodiesel during the colder months.
Production Efficiency: According to the latest U.S. Department of Energy facts, cleaner-burning biodiesel provides 5.5 units of energy for every one unit expended in production - the greatest energy return of any fuel approved for use as a legal motor fuel.
MPG Efficiency: Vehicles running on 20 percent biodiesel blends will see fuel consumption similar to those running on conventional diesel.
Emissions from motorized vehicles are the single largest source of air pollution in the upper Midwest.
Using biodiesel blends can lessen the harmful impact of motor vehicles emissions on our health by reducing particulate matter by 47 percent, hydrocarbons by 67 percent and carbon dioxide emissions by more than 50 percent.
In Minnesota, our use of a 10 percent biodiesel blend results in emissions reductions equal to taking 128,000 vehicles off our roads.
A renewable fuel produced right here in Minnesota, biodiesel can:
Biodiesel. We can all breathe easier.