The Future of Fuels

Petroleum-based transportation fuels are a vital source of energy and will remain so for decades to come. However, these petroleum-based fuels contribute approximately 40% of total carbon emissions. As the global community seeks to address climate change via decarbonization and developing sustainable sources of energy, transportation fuels are evolving. The United States implemented the Renewable Fuels Standard in 2007 to reduce greenhouse gas/carbon emissions from transportation fuels. From that initial standard, momentum has increased tremendously in the last decade. In all, more than 130 countries have now set, or are considering a target of reducing carbon emissions to net zero by mid-century.

California, Oregon, Washington, and Canada have expanded on these efforts with landmark carbon reduction programs specifically for transportation fuels. California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (“LCFS”), established in 2007, requires a 20% carbon reduction in transportation fuels relative to a 2010 baseline by 2030. In 2012, Oregon adopted a nearly identical program called the Oregon Clean Fuel Program (“OCFP”), which requires 25% carbon reduction in transportation fuels by 2035. In Spring 2021, Washington passed its Clean Fuel Standard law that requires a 20% carbon reduction for transportation fuels by 2038. Canada has expanded its transportation fuel carbon reduction requirements from a provincial program in British Columbia that began in 2010, to a national program starting in December 2022.

These programs all require increasing percentages of carbon reduction in petroleum-based fuels each year to hit the future carbon reduction target. To do this, they use a market-based, fuel-neutral approach designed to encourage the use and production of cleaner, low-carbon fuels.

We Are at the Forefront of Energy Transition and Decarbonization

Advanced biofuels like Crimson Renewable Energy’s ultra-low carbon biodiesel are paving the way for the future of fuel by helping decarbonize petroleum-based transportation fuels to achieve critical new environmental objectives. As the largest producer of ultra-low carbon biodiesel in California, we take pride in our innovations and efforts to locally produce highly sustainable, ultra-low carbon fuels.

How Crimson Biodiesel Production Improves the Environment and Community Health

At our Crimson biodiesel plant, we produce up to 37,300,000 gallons of biodiesel a year. That removes 331,485 metric tons of carbon a year. But what does that really equate to? Our at-a-glance production infographic shows what those numbers mean in real carbon offsets - trees planted, acres of forest, cars off the road, and measurable health benefits. The Clean Fuels Alliance America also has a great infographic covering community level health benefits derived from displacing petroleum diesel with biodiesel — put together by Trinity Consultants, a major national environmental consulting firm.

We Make Petroleum Fuels Better Using Innovative Technologies

We develop and use innovative technologies to convert waste oils, greases, and fats into biodiesel. We utilize these locally and regionally sourced raw materials to produce ultra-low carbon biodiesel that is subsequently blended with petroleum-based diesel to fuel trucks and equipment both nearby, and throughout the region. This sustainable, ultra-low carbon biodiesel provides immediate benefits in our communities in terms of cleaner air, an 80%+ carbon reduction compared to petroleum-based diesel, as well as reduced medical healthcare costs for respiratory illness.

We Are All Part of a New Way Forward

Advanced biofuels combined with conventional petroleum-based fuels are the future. The environmental and economic benefits of a new industry like biodiesel boost local, regional and global communities.

We Help Improve Health and the Environment

Ultra-low carbon biodiesel fuel can help decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 80%+ and reduce other harmful pollutants by up to 50% compared to petroleum-based diesel fuel.

Another key factor is the health benefits that come from cleaner burning fuels. Cleaner burning fuels means cleaner air, which means less asthma and reductions in lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses.

We Deliver Great Benefits to the Community

Biodiesel not only delivers environmental and health benefits, it also benefits the community economically by offering high-quality/high-paying manufacturing jobs, as well as increased demands for local goods and services.

But biodiesel’s benefits affect more than just the city where the plant is located. These local benefits promote a healthy regional community, have a rippling economic effect on the entire region, and a global effect by reducing our carbon footprint.

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How to Work with Us

Crimson is the premier California supplier of ultra-low carbon biodiesel. We provide a variety of timing, logistics, and pricing structures to best suit client needs. Equally important, we offer our supply chain partners the highest degree of flexibility, consistency, and financial stability.

Renewable energy plant takes waste and creates ultra-low carbon biodiesel

23ABC was invited to see how the Crimson Renewable lab takes waste materials, such as cooking oil from thousands of restaurants, and turns it into ultra-low carbon fuel — while adding jobs to the local economy.

California’s Biodiesel Choice Is a Good One

A Wall Street Journal article reports that CARB data indicates that biodiesel provided over 41% of California’s total reduction of 47.1 million metric tons in climate-changing gases from fuel use, more than any other fuel.

Bio-based Diesel Fuels Deliver the Biggest Reductions in Transportation-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions in California – Ever

New Data from California’s Air Resources Board Confirms Key Role of Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Fuels in CO2 Reductions.

U.S. Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

Visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration to view the latest data.

Biodiesel Laws and Incentives in California

Visit the U.S. Department of Energy for summaries of the latest California laws and incentives related to biodiesel.