CALIFORNIA, August 2, 2017 - The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has certified a biodiesel additive that it says will make B20 blends in California the cleanest proven and tested diesel fuel with the lowest emissions profile available anywhere in the U.S.

Branded VESTA 1000, the additive takes already clean-burning biodiesel and ensures it reduces every measurable regulated emission including nitric oxide (NOx), the National Biodiesel Board says. The blend should aid CARB’s 2020 low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) goal to reduce carbon intensity of the transportation fuel pool by 10 percent.

“Biodiesel has been a key to help California meet its intense carbon reduction goals. With this announcement, America’s Advanced Biofuel will continue to deliver a cleaner burning, American made alternative under the state’s low carbon fuel standard,” said Donnell Rehagen, NBB's  CEO. “Biodiesel will gladly take the role as the cleanest certified diesel fuel available.”

NBB led the initial research and development into the additive to maintain biodiesel’s competitive advantage under the state’s low carbon fuel standard. A 20 percent blend of biodiesel with VESTA 1000 reduced NOx by 1.9 percent and particulate matter by 18 percent compared to CARB diesel fuel, NBB says.

“This impressive NBB-led effort, over the course of the past eighteen months, has resulted in a first-of-a-kind CARB approval, which enables biodiesel to be the renewable fuel of choice to meet California’s stringent LCFS (low carbon fuel standard) carbon reduction requirements,” said Pat McDuff, CEO, California Fueling LLC.

California Fueling will produce the formula, and Pacific Fuel Resource LLC will deliver the product to market. The two companies will work cooperatively with NBB members as well as those in the California fuel community to support the ongoing use of biodiesel diesel blends up to B20.

“As a result of this effort, biodiesel will continue to play a major role in helping Californians meet their renewable energy and clean air goals,” said Paul Nazzaro, Pacific Fuel Resource president. “By increasing biodiesel use up to a B20 blend, estimated to be an additional 600 million gallons of cleaner-burning biodiesel annually, California can now achieve its goals under the LCFS.”

VEST 1000 ensures compliance with the implementation of CARB’s Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation on Jan. 1, 2018.