Clean Fuels Alliance America (Clean Fuels) is a non-profit trade association that exists to promote public acceptance and confidence in biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, to the end of commercial success for all.
Types of Fuels Represented
Biodiesel means the Mono Alkyl-Esters of long-chain fatty acids derived from animal fats or vegetable oils that meet the specifications of ASTM D-6751 or its legal successor.
Renewable Diesel means the fuel derived from renewable biomass feedstocks that meets the specifications of ASTM D-975 or its legal successor and also meets the properties below:
- Oxidation Stability: ASTM D2274 (16h @ 95°); 2.5mg/100mL maximum; and
- Oxygen Content: ASTM E385; 500 ppm maximum.
Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) under ASTM D7566, D1655 or their legal successors, standard specification for aviation turbine fuels containing synthesized hydrocarbons and also meets 50% reduction in direct lifecycle GHG emission.
Membership in Clean Fuels may be granted to any Feedstock Producer Organization, Biodiesel – Renewable Diesel – Sustainable Aviation Fuel Producer, Biodiesel – Renewable Diesel – Sustainable Aviation Fuel Marketer or Organization. Applicants may be granted membership, on a fiscal year basis, as outlined in the Clean Fuels policies. There shall be two classes of Members: Voting Members and Nonvoting Members.
Membership Approval Procedure
Upon receipt of a completed Clean Fuels Membership Application Form, a check for the appropriate Minimum Annual Dues and demonstrated compliance with Clean Fuels Fuel Quality Policy, Clean Fuels shall act expeditiously on the application pursuant to the procedure detailed in the Clean Fuels Admission Policy.
Membership Admission Procedure
An Applicant for Clean Fuels Membership must submit a completed Application Form (Section D) and a check for appropriate Minimum Annual Dues. See the Application Form for specific details. Upon submission of all required documents, the Application Package will be distributed to the Clean Fuels Voting Members. Each Clean Fuels Voting Member will be given fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of distribution to file a Written Comment.
A Voting Member may comment if it believes the Applicant has conducted and will conduct its business in a manner inconsistent with the exempt purposes of Clean Fuels. If after 14 days, staff has received no written comment, Applicant shall be admitted to Membership. If staff does receive written comment, it shall proceed as directed by Clean Fuels Chair after consultation with legal counsel.
Clean Fuels has three classes of Memberships:
- Feedstock Producer Organizations
Fuel Sales Among Producers/Marketers
For purposes of calculating Volume Dues payments, gallons sold among Clean Fuels Members shall be counted only once. The dues shall be paid by the first Member Producer/Marketer involved in the transaction (whether the Member produces the fuel, purchases it, or simply brokers it).
Volume Dues Auditing Policy
Clean Fuels shall have access to the Member’s books and records relevant to the proper payment of Volume Dues. If a Volume Dues audit reveals the Member has underpaid Clean Fuels by more than 10% of the amount due, the Member shall be assessed and liable for the costs of the audit. All information accessed by the audit shall remain restricted pursuant to the Clean Fuels Confidentiality Policy.
Primary Delegate and Alternate(s) Delegate(s)
Members – In order to operate knowledgeably, efficiently and consistently in the best interests of the industry, the dues-paying legal entity must appoint a Primary Delegate. Additionally, Members are encouraged to appoint up to three Alternate(s) Delegate(s) to consistently serve at Clean Fuels meetings. Members may identify its delegates on the Membership Application, with any additions/substitutions to be communicated in writing to the Clean Fuels Director of Operations and Membership.
For Feedstock Producer Organization Voting Members, all delegates must be a farmer member. For Producer and Marketer Voting Members, all delegates shall be either an individual it employs or an individual serving as a voting director on its board or in an equivalent/comparable role. The appointed and approved Primary Delegate of the Voting Member will be considered the primary individual to case its vote, however, any appointed and approved Alternate Delegate may case the vote for the Voting member in the place and stead of the Primary Delegate. Nonpayment of dues is grounds for membership discipline, including suspension or revocation of membership.
Faithful attendance at meetings is necessary for Clean Fuels to act faithfully for the benefit of the industry. Proper attendance at a Clean Fuels meeting that fails for lack of a quorum is a waste of time for those Members who took the time to faithfully attend, and accomplishes nothing for the industry. Important Notice: A Clean Fuels Member, through its Primary Delegate or Alternate(s) Delegate(s), is encouraged to attend all meetings, and expected to attend at least half of all Clean Fuels meetings.
Clean Fuels Governing Structure
Clean Fuels Governing Board consists of 15 Directors elected by and from Voting Members.
Clean Fuels serves as the industry’s central coordinating entity and is the single voice for its diverse membership base. As a member of Clean Fuels, you receive support and access to resources in all areas of the industry including:
- Federal and State Governmental Affairs
- Quality Assurance Programs, BQ-9000
- Technical and Operations Support
- Industry Coordination and Prioritization
Additional benefits to Clean Fuels membership include:
- Access to an expert Clean Fuels team, along with contractors from across the country.
- Opportunity to impact the future direction of the industry by attending industry development meetings and receiving member-only communications.
- Opportunity to represent Clean Fuels at strategic meetings, hearings, trade shows and other events.
- Receive frequent updates on state & federal biodiesel, renewable diesel and/or sustainable aviation fuel legislation.
- Be listed on the Clean Fuels website.
- Networking opportunities.
- Fuel suppliers are provided with leads & updated distribution lists of fuel Producers & Distributors from the Clean Fuels website.
- Access to Clean Fuels promotional materials such as publications, information kits, signs and tradeshow materials at cost.
- Marketing & technical support through expert advice.
- Industry/petroleum coordination support.
- OEM vehicle discount program