New Study: Switching to 100% Biodiesel Could Save Lives

Research Sponsored by the Clean Fuels Alliance America

biodiesel wisconsinA new study has revealed that switching to 100% biodiesel could have a life-saving impact for residents in selected communities, with such benefits as decreased cancer risk, fewer premature deaths and reduced asthma attacks.

The research project, sponsored by the Clean Fuels Alliance America and supported by organizations like the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, sought to assess the public health benefits and potential economic savings of converting from petroleum-based diesel to B100 (100% biodiesel) in 13 sites and communities across the country. These locations were chosen because of their high rates of air pollution caused by petroleum diesel.

Biodiesel Startling Findings

Here are some of the startling findings about the potential results of using 100% biodiesel in place of all-petroleum diesel in these selected communities.

  • When Bioheat® fuel made from 100% biodiesel is used in place of petroleum heating oil, there was an 86% reduced cancer risk and 17,000 fewer lung problems.
  • Researchers found the communities surrounding the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach would avoid about $1.69 billion in health costs because of improved air quality.
  • In the 13 communities and sites studied, there would be 340 fewer premature deaths, 46,000 fewer lost workdays, and $3 billion in avoided health care costs.

“Saving lives by reducing the health impacts of transportation and home heating fuels is a priority, and biodiesel is widely available today to achieve that goal,” said Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the Clean Fuels Alliance America, formerly known as the National Biodiesel Board.

“These immediate and substantial emissions and health benefits can and should be an important part in any state, regional or national climate program as our nation moves toward decarbonization through advanced alternative fuels like biodiesel and renewable diesel.”

The movement toward biodiesel ensures a greener, more sustainable future for everyone. Biofuels like biodiesel reduce carbon emissions, particulate matter, and other harmful outputs like sulfur oxide. It also supports Wisconsin’s economy. Biodiesel production adds 13% of the cash value of soybeans grown in the Badger State.

Heating Oil and a Net Zero Tomorrow

With all of this good news about the positive benefits of switching to 100% biodiesel, you might wonder where home heating oil stands. Don’t worry. Not only is today’s heating oil environmentally friendly but it’s also a vital part of America’s progress toward reaching net-zero carbon emissions.

Advanced heating fuels like Bioheat® fuel combine ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and biodiesel, composed of organic products like used cooking oil, tallow, fats, and algae. Produced in the United States it is one of the cleanest-burning energy sources.

Biodiesel is a gallon-for-gallon substitute for petroleum-based fuels. Widespread regional use of Bioheat fuel annually prevents more than 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of removing 320,000 vehicles from the road.

Plus, homes that heat with energy-efficient Bioheat fuel use less energy overall. Right now, and in the years ahead, you should feel great about heating your Wisconsin home with renewable heating oil!

Learn more about Bioheat fuel here.