Biodiesel is a domestically produced, clean-burning, renewable substitute for petroleum diesel. Using biodiesel as a vehicle fuel increases energy security, improves air quality and the environment, and provides safety benefits.
Since biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning fuel, its use helps consumers and businesses reduce their carbon footprint. The use of tallow, used cooking oil and FOG waste material for bio-diesel production further increase biodiesel's scores for carbon reduction.
Biodiesel of all types, if produced with FOG, is more environmentally friendly is better for the environment than biodiesel produced from virgin oils such as rapeseed oil. Biodiesel production from FOG is also highly sustainable. The waste FOG feedstock does not involve changes to land use, nor does it compete with the food chain.
Biodiesel causes far less damage than petroleum diesel if spilled or released to the environment. It is safer than petroleum diesel because it is less combustible. The flashpoint for biodiesel is higher than 130°C, compared with about 52°C for petroleum diesel. Biodiesel is safe to handle, store, and transport.