Reports & Newsletters

2020 NBF Winter Newsletter
“EDUCATION MATTERS!” In the closing days of 2019, Congress passed an omnibus appropriations measure that included a multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax incentive. The tax package extends the $1-per-gallon tax credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel retroactively for 2018 and 2019 and prospectively for 2020, 2021 and 2022. There is no question that the biodiesel tax credit will help drive the industry forward. A substantial educational effort was needed, and I am proud to say that the National Biodiesel Foundation played its role by hosting two Congressional staff tours. One in New York and one in California. On both tours, Congressional staffers learned how the biodiesel tax credit is important to New York City and the state of California as well as saw firsthand how biodiesel is used in critical fleet operations and plays a major role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Read More

2019 NBF Winter Newsletter
This is the 16th year of the National Biodiesel Foundation, and we are celebrating past successes and looking forward to an eventful 2019. This newsletter showcases our research and education. The Foundation’s success is made possible through continued donations and sponsorships from corporations and individuals like you.  Through our educational efforts, we sponsored Next Generation Scientists in Biodiesel to present at the National Biodiesel Conference; the Beth Calabotta Education Grant supported a doctorate student to attend the Sustainability & ILUC Workshop; and funding was allocated to compare GTAP-BIO and GLOBIOM models.  This Spring we will host congressional and government staffers on a tour of NYC to see biodiesel and Bioheat in an urban setting.  As with past years, this tour leaves participants in awe as they see biodiesel in cold climates and in a bustling and demanding setting. Read more.

2018 NBF Summer Newsletter
The Foundation has had a busy spring, and, as always, it’s a pleasure to share with you the many ways your support helps increase biodiesel use and furthers important education and research. First, I’d like to congratulate Mary Kate Mitchell for receiving the newly established Beth Calabotta Sustainable Education Grant. This $2,000 grant will fund her participation in the Foundation’s Fall Sustainability Workshop. I can think of no better way to honor Beth’s memory than by having Mary Kate, an accomplished Yale Ph.D. student, receive this first grant.
Other spring highlights focused on public outreach and work on valuable research projects. These efforts included: hosting congressional and federal agency staff on a one-day whirlwind tour of New York City to visit biodiesel and Bioheat® stakeholders; supporting the Iowa Renew-able Fuels Association biofuels tour; and partnering with the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition to encourage biodiesel ferries on the Potomac River.– Tom Verry, Executive Director Read More

2018 NBF Winter Newsletter
The funding landscape has changed significantly since the Foundation started its first biodiesel research and development projects in 1994. Just five years ago, 90% of our project funding came from federal grants. Today, federal sources no longer offer the same opportunities for biodiesel, and NBF is more dependent than ever on non-federal dollars. In 2017, almost half of NBF’s funding for critical biodiesel research and education came from individual and corporate contributions. I hope you’ll enjoy reading the updates here about our programs including land use change research, educating Congressional staff about biodiesel, and introducing biodiesel to DC Potomac River ferries. I am especially excited to announce the Foundation is expanding its support to young scholars by offering the first Beth Calabotta Sustainability Grant. This program honors Beth’s dedication to sustainability research and its impact on biodiesel. We couldn’t do this important work without donors such as you.
Jeff Lynn, President  Read more

2017 NBF Summer Newsletter
As we approach the Foundation's 23rd year, I am proud to lead our organization in addressing national issues that affect us all - cleaner air, greater economic development in rural communities and enhanced national security through energy independence. A few years ago, we began working on sustainability projects. This year, we celebrate partnering internationally! With a grant from the European Biodiesel Board, our research funding has increased allowing us to compare the GTAP-BIO model with European modeling methods. Study results will be used to better inform policy decision makers and the public. --Jeff Lynn, President  Read more

2017 NBF Winter Newsletter
As the incoming Foundation president, I am in awe of what the Foundation has been able to accomplish for biodiesel and the environment with help from you, our supporters. It is a pleasure to share with you here our 2016 successes as well as our sustainability and research goals for 2017. Read more

2016 NBF Summer Newsletter
Results are in, and 2016 is a showcase year. Thanks to personal and corporate donations, grants, and sponsors, we have been able to continue to strengthen our research and educational efforts. As you will see in this update, we accomplished our first New York City Biodiesel Tour, supported biodiesel technician training and the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel, and are planning our second Sustainability Workshop. Please continue to donate throughout the year. We see a bright future for the industry and the Foundation. With your help, we expect to expand our activities over the coming years. Read more

National Biodiesel Foundation Annual Report 2013
The National Biodiesel Foundation was established in 1995.  Our mission is to accomplish outreach, education, research and demonstration activities for the advancement of biodiesel and its co-products. We work to improve rural economic development, national security, air quality and the environment.

At the National Biodiesel Foundation, we believe that through the use of biodiesel we can build a better tomorrow. Diesel engines move the majority of goods from manufacturer to consumer, and renewable biodiesel plays a role in this transportation of goods.  By using clean burning biodiesel, we can breathe cleaner air, improve environmental security, and create jobs in the U.S.  Biodiesel production neared 1.8 billion gallons in 2013 and supported more than 62,000 jobs.  Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel made from sustainable resources such as soybean oil, recycled grease and other fats and oils. It is the first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel being produced on a commercial scale across the country.  It is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics. Biodiesel blends can be used in diesel engines with no engine modifications. Studies show that by using biodiesel, greenhouse gas can be reduced by 50% or better compared to traditional fuel.

Working together with our partners – petroleum industry, federal and state agencies, trade associations, alternative fuel consultants, Universities, etc. –the Foundation supports work critical to reducing barriers to biodiesel acceptance.   All work is paid for thanks to generous donations from individuals and partners.  Thank you to all who have donated over the years.