Clean Fuels Health Benefits Study
Proving Clean Fuels Benefits through Research
Our research and data show that clean fuels are better for the environment, smarter for consumers and healthier for communities at the local level. Clean Fuels recently commissioned a Health Benefits Study conducted by Trinity Consultants and funded by our generous partners. The results have further solidified the mounting evidence that biodiesel can and does move the needle on an issue important for all Americans — their health.
Results from the first two phases of this study found that switching to 100% biodiesel (in 28 transportation and home heating oil sectors) provided immediate community health improvements. The following annual benefits were identified:
- More than 456,000 fewer asthma cases
- More than 142,000 fewer sick days
- The prevention of more than 910 premature deaths
- More than $7.5 billion in avoided health costs
- A 45% reduction in cancer risk when legacy heavy-duty trucks use B100 (pure biodiesel) and an 86% reduction when Bioheat® fuel is used for home heating.
Clean Fuels Health Benefits: A Look at the Data
Phases 1 and 2 of the Health Benefits Study found significant evidence demonstrating the air quality benefits of clean fuels. Most recently, Phase 2 examined the effect of biodiesel on pollution reduction in underserved Environmental Justice communities.
The study, conducted in 15 communities across the country with high-risk air quality, found that B100 (pure biodiesel) could reduce pollution in legacy heavy-duty transportation and residential heating – two of the most difficult applications to decarbonize. Benefits included:
- Reduced cancer risk
- Reduced asthma cases
- Fewer premature deaths
- Fewer sick days
The study used standard EPA air dispersion modeling tools, along with well-established health risk assessments and benefit valuations, to calculate the public health benefits and resulting economic savings of switching from diesel fuel to 100% biodiesel (B100) in transportation and heating uses. Communities studied included Phoenix; Las Vegas; Houston; Detroit; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Chicago; St. Louis; Indianapolis; Cleveland/Akron/Canton, Ohio; Boston; Buffalo, New York; Port of Elizabeth, New York/New Jersey; Charlotte, North Carolina; Philadelphia and the District of Columbia, most of which are named among the American Lung Association’s “most polluted cities.”
In Washington, D.C., alone, replacing diesel fuel with biodiesel could produce health benefits valued at $262 million annually.
Sponsored by Clean Fuels, this study was conducted by Trinity Consultants and supported by the Nebraska Soybean Board, South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, California Advanced Biofuels Alliance, Iowa Soybean Association, Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, Illinois Soybean Association, Ohio Soybean Council, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Pennsylvania Soybean Board, New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association, Eastern Region Soybean Board and New Jersey Soybean Board.
Health Benefits Study Resources
- Trinity Study: Health Benefits from Using Biodiesel as a Transportation Fuel and Residential Heating Oil
Infograph: Biodiesel (B100) provides immediate community health improvements that can be measured in reduced medical costs and health care burdens as shown in a two part study completed for Clean Fuels by Trinity Consultants.
- Trinity Study 1.03: Assessment of Health Benefits from Using Biodiesel as a Transportation Fuel
This report assesses the health benefits of replacing petroleum diesel with biodiesel in transportation in several Western States.
- Trinity Study: Executive Summary of Health Benefits from Using Biodiesel as Transportation Fuel or Residential Heating Oil
Researchers found that switching to 100% biodiesel in the home heating oil and transportation sectors would prevent 340 premature deaths annually; and result in 46,000 fewer sick days.
- Trinity Report 2.0: Assessment of Health Benefits from Using Biodiesel as a Transportation Fuel and Residential Heating Oil
This report assesses the health benefits of replacing ultra-low sulfur diesel with 100% biomass-based diesel in transportation at fourteen locations and home heating oil in one location across the United States.
- Trinity Study 1.06: Assessment of Health Benefits from Using Biodiesel as Residential Heating Oil
Report assesses the health benefits of using 100% biomass-based diesel in residential space heating
sources currently fueled by heating oil in select northeastern states.