Health Benefits with Biodiesel

Pollution from transportation is one of the most significant factors in negatively affecting our health, especially in urban areas. Typically trucks, school buses and other vehicles that log millions of miles in and around our communities use diesel fuel. Other than adding filters, or reducing idling time, Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel that can blend with diesel fuel and offer a reduction of these harmful emissions we breathe.

While most of us may not be experts in science or have even heard of the terms we are introducing below, these emissions show up in our bodies as headaches, asthma, cancer, overall immune deficiencies, and a host of many other diseases our bodies endure.

Biodiesel has had a complete evaluation of potential health effects approved by EPA under the Clean Air Act and is the only alternative fuel to pass EPA guidelines. The following is a list of harmful emissions regulatory agencies commonly refers to as the “chemical cocktail”. Additionally we list how B20 (Biodiesel 20% diesel 80%) and B100 (100% Neat Biodiesel) reduce these emissions.

Regulated Emissions

B20 B100
Hydrocarbons
(Contributes to forming smog & ozone)
-20% -67%
Particulate Matter
Contributes to asthma, lung disease & cancers
-12% -47%
Nox*
Contributes to forming acid rain, lung diseases, & global warming
– 5.8% to +6.2% no data
Carbon Monoxide
Gas contributing to fatigue, headaches, chest pain, & flu-like symptons
-12% – 48%

Non-Regulated Emissions

Sulfates 
When blended with diesel, sulfur exists and contributes to acid rain
-20% ** -100%
PAH (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) **
Contribute to cancer, lung disease, and reproductive effects
-13% -80%
nPAH (nitrated PAH’s) **
Contribute to cancer
-50%**** – 90%
Ozone Potential of speciated HC
Contributes to Smog
-10% -50%

** Estimated from B100 result
*** Average reduction across all compounds measured
****2-nitroflourine results were within test method variability

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