U.S. production of biodiesel 2001-2018

This statistic displays total volume of biodiesel production in the United States from 2001 to 2018. In 2018, the total volume of biodiesel production in the country came to 1.83 billion gallons. Biodiesel is intended to be used in standard diesel engines as a standalone fuel or blended with petroleum.

Biodiesel – additional information

Biodiesel is made from a blend of various feedstocks that includes recycled cooking oil, soybean oil, and animal fats. It is created through transesterification, where glycerin is separated from fat or oils, leaving two products: glycerin and biodiesel. Glycerin can often be further used in soaps and other products.

Biodiesel production in the United States has skyrocketed since the early 2000s, from 9 million gallons in 2001 to some 1.83 billion gallons in 2018. The U.S. was considered the largest biodiesel producer in the world in 2017, followed by Brazil and Germany, which produced some 4.3 and 3.5 billion liters, respectively. The growth in biodiesel has also paralleled the on-road diesel market. The United States exported some 2.45 billion barrels of biodiesel in 2018.

Biodiesel that meets technical fuel quality and engine performance specifications can be used in current diesel engines, often with blends from about 5 to 20 percent biodiesel. The Environmental Protection Agency has classified biodiesel as an Advanced Biofuel due to its potential in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants from petroleum diesel. However, the sustainability of biodiesel consumption has been questioned. Enacting stricter standards could regulate production of the fuel and act as a preventative measure against harmful biodiesel production. It is estimated that the United States will consume one billion gallons by 2025.

Biodiesel production in the U.S. from 2001 to 2018

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Release date

June 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2001 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Figures were rounded.

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