Policy Priorities

Clean Fuels Alliance America advocates on behalf of its members in regulatory and legislative issues at both the state and federal levels. Find more information about federal policies that support the growth of biodiesel and renewable diesel and about Clean Fuels' advocacy efforts through the links below.

Clean Fuels has a dedicated team of experts in Washington, D.C. and in the Jefferson City, MO, headquarters, who can help you connect with policy makers on these issues. Clean Fuels' Fueling Action Center is set up to connect you with your elected officials with a few simple clicks.

 


RenewableFuel Standard (RFS)
Clean Fuels advocates for sustainable growth of the biodiesel market under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires transportation fuel sold in the United States to include annually set volumes of advanced biofuels such as biomass-based diesel.

Tax & Clean Energy Policy
Clean Fuels supports the multi-year, forward-looking extension of the $1.00-per-gallon federal tax credit adopted by Congress because it incentivizes fuel blenders to include biodiesel and renewable diesel in the U.S. transportation fuel market.

Biodiesel Fair Trade
Clean Fuels' Fair Trade Coalition supports fair trade in the biodiesel market. The coalition advocates for the U.S. Commerce Department to maintain trade protections against unfairly subsidized and dumped biodiesel imports.

RFS Small Refiner Exemptions
Clean Fuels opposes retroactive exemptions, which reduce RFS biomass-based diesel volumes by hundreds of millions of gallons every year. Clean Fuels advocates that EPA ensure the annual RFS volumes it sets are fully met even after granting exemptions.

Infrastructure
Several USDA programs help build markets and increase consumer access to biodiesel through infrastructure grants, education and producer support payments. Clean Fuels advocates for annual funding of several important programs.

Addressing Carbon
Clean Fuels works with federal agencies, such as USDA, to highlight biodiesel’s innovative role in addressing carbon emissions in the transportation and agriculture sectors.


Focus on Policy News


Clean Fuels Welcomes Tax Certainty, Infrastructure Funding

Aug 12, 2022, 17:49 PM
Policies will support continued growth of biodiesel, renewable diesel, and SAF

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Clean Fuels Alliance America thanked House leaders for extending the biodiesel and renewable diesel incentive and creating a new infrastructure grant program in the Inflation Reduction Act. The legislation will extend existing industry tax incentives and create a sustainable aviation fuel tax incentive through 2024. It also creates a new Clean Fuel Production Credit for 2025, 2026 and 2027 and a new Biofuel Infrastructure and Agriculture Product Market Expansion, with funding through September 2031.

“Cleaner, better fuels like biodiesel and renewable diesel are essential to America’s economy and environment. They support good-paying jobs, reduce fuel prices and the cost of transporting consumer goods, and cut carbon emissions by an average 74%,” stated Clean Fuels’ Vice President of Federal Affairs Kurt Kovarik. “We appreciate Congress providing our industry long-term certainty in tax policy, and we thank Representatives Cindy Axne and Angie Craig for their tireless advocacy of the biodiesel tax credit, as well as Chairman Richard Neal and Representative Mike Thompson for supporting its inclusion in today’s legislation.”

“We applaud the new Biofuel Infrastructure and Agriculture Product Market Expansion, which will build on the success of USDA’s current infrastructure grant program,” Kovarik continued. “As our industry looks to continue growing and sustainably meeting America’s need for affordable, clean energy, these grants will help our industry deliver cleaner, better fuels directly to consumers.”

The U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. Biodiesel production supports approximately 13 percent of the value of each U.S. bushel of soybeans. Biodiesel and renewable diesel on average reduce carbon emissions by 74% compared to petroleum diesel.

Contact: Paul Winters, pwinters@cleanfuels.org, 202-737-8803.


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