The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) will be celebrating its 30th anniversary next year.
To commemorate NBB’s 1992 founding, the organisation plans to document stories of individuals and associations instrumental in its development and growth.
Today, the US biodiesel industry employs tens of thousands of people, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves air quality, adds to US energy security and independence from fossil fuels, provides significant value to the price of soybeans for farmers and lowers the cost of feed for livestock producers.
“We wouldn’t be on the trajectory for six billion gallons by 2030 if it weren’t for the blood, sweat, and tears put in over the years from our founders,” said NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen. “The stories will help bring to life how a novel idea grew into a carbon-reducing solution for our country. Biodiesel is making a difference now because of what has been accomplished over the last 30 years.”
Ron Kotrba is partnering with NBB in documenting the stories.
“When I began covering the biodiesel industry in early 2005, national production was maybe the total of one or two large biodiesel plants today,” Kotrba said. “The work committed up front, from the R&D, vehicle testing and fuel specifications to the boots-on-the-ground state and federal policy efforts, laid the foundation for what the industry looks like today.”
A coffee table style book will unfold the story behind the industry’s greatest successes and share narratives of the industry influencers.
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