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March 01, 2021   |  


Fuel Industry Experts Share Expectations for 2021

The 2021 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo happened the same week a new president was inaugurated, and that timing did not go unnoticed. From policy expectations to the environmental benefits of various fuel sources, here are our key takeaways for c-store operators from this major industry event.

Electric Is Only One Piece of the Puzzle

Interest in electric vehicles (EVs) will continue to grow, but it’s important to understand that heavy-duty vehicles will not fully convert for many more years — and we need to take action to help the environment now.

In most states, transportation is the top contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. EVs are great, but they will not be available on the scale needed for quite a while. That’s why drop-in solutions like biodiesel and renewable diesel — and a blend of the two — are worth our attention today.

Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, shared that biodiesel and renewable diesel are exceeding EVs 4 to 1 in California for emission reductions. That’s because the grids that most EVs are charging on aren’t carbon neutral yet. Plus, it’s much faster to fill up a fuel tank than to charge a battery at this point.

A mix of energy conversion technologies using diverse carbon neutral and renewable energy sources will provide the bridge to zero emissions.

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