National Biodiesel Board (NBB) CEO Donnell Rehagen and Vice President of Federal Affairs Kurt Kovarik hosted a video conference briefing with reporters last week to discuss the industry’s policy priorities for the coming year. Paul Winters, NBB Director of Public Affairs and Federal Communications, moderated the discussion.
Kovarik said they were disappointed with EPA’s recent decision to extend the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program’s compliance deadlines for 2019 and 2020 until 2022. “It’d be nice if these small refiners and others who continue to complain about the program and apply for small refinery exemptions can wrap their head around the fact that the law’s been on the books for 15 years and is not going away,” he said.
The U.S. market for biodiesel, renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel, and bioheat® grew to 3 billion gallons in 2020; the industry’s goal is to grow the market to 6 billion gallons by 2030. NBB’s policy priorities for 2021 include stability in the Renewable Fuel Standard; and support in any infrastructure, energy, or climate legislation for biodiesel’s ability to reduce carbon and pollution.
Listen to the briefing here: NBB Press Briefing 31:25