Renewable Fuel for Ocean Vessels Bill Introduced

Cindy Zimmerman

Legislation introduced recently by U.S. Representatives Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) and John Garamendi (D-CA) would allow companies to preserve RIN credits under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for renewable fuel used for ocean-going vessels.

“Ocean-going cargo ships, tankers, and passenger vessels have a need for low-carbon, low-sulfur biodiesel and renewable diesel which provides an additional market for biofuels,” said Miller-Meeks. “This legislation allows for RINs to be generated for renewable marine fuel without requiring an obligation on any parties.”

The legislation is supported by Clean Fuels Alliance America, the American Soybean Association, and the North American Renderers Association (NARA), in addition to the Iowa Biodiesel Board, Iowa Soybean Association, the American Waterways Operators and other groups seeking to increase use of low-carbon fuels and reduce carbon emissions in international shipping and travel.

“International shipping companies and cruise lines are increasingly seeking low-carbon biodiesel and renewable diesel to meet climate goals and consumer demand,” said Kurt Kovarik, Vice President of Federal Affairs for Clean Fuels. “This commonsense legislation will remove a regulatory roadblock and enable biodiesel and renewable diesel producers to meet the low-carbon fuel needs of shipping companies at a competitive price. It will allow refiners and blenders to keep RINs for fuel used in ocean-going vessels that are currently being sacrificed.”

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