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Washington state passes clean fuel standard

House bill would launch low-carbon fuel standard beginning in 2020.

On March 12, the Washington state House passed a Clean Fuels Standard (H.B. 1110) that would institute a low-carbon fuel program by 2020. The program is designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation fuels 10% below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20% below those same levels by 2035. Supporters say the program will play a significant role in meeting the state’s overall GHG emission reduction goals. 

“Washington is poised to become a national leader in production of clean, renewable fuels like biodiesel once this bill is signed into law,” said state Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, who sponsored the legislation into the Washington House. “Job growth and emissions reductions can go hand in hand, and by passing H.B. 1110, the House has taken a strong stance in favor of growing rural jobs and cleaning up Washington’s air.”

To meet state GHG emission reduction targets, Washington will need to increase its use of fuel alternatives such as biodiesel and renewable diesel. Historically, biodiesel consumption in Washington has been relatively low compared to the rest of the nation. With implementation of a Clean Fuels Standard, however, that would change quickly, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) said in a statement.

“Implementation of this program would bring Washington in line with other renewable fuels champions on the West Coast -- such as Oregon, California and British Columbia, Canada -- creating a unified market for clean fuels on the West Coast,” NBB director of state governmental affairs Shelby Neal said. “This is a great step forward for the environment, consumers and green industry in Washington state.”

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. It is the nation’s first domestically produced, commercially available advanced biofuel.

NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers and fuel distributors, as well as the U.S. renewable diesel industry.

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