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What is an advanced biofuel?

Advanced biofuels are fuels that can be manufactured from various types of non-food biomass. Biomass in this context means plant materials and animal waste used especially as a source of fuel.

Biodiesel is the first fuel commercially produced nationwide that meets the U.S. EPA’s definition of an Advanced Biofuel.

Advanced biofuel is defined as a renewable fuel other than ethanol derived from cornstarch. The advanced biofuel category can apply to a variety of fuels, including biomass-based diesel, biogas, butanol or other alcohols and fuels derived from cellulosic biomass. Both advanced biofuel and biomass-based diesel must meet a life-cycle Green House Gas (GHG) emission-reduction threshold of 50 percent, and must be manufactured from feedstock meeting the definition of renewable biomass.

What are the benefits of using advanced biofuels?

  • Advanced biofuels have significant (>50%) greenhouse gas emission reductions below gasoline and diesel and are made from renewable biomass.

  • The advanced biofuels industry produces economic benefits at many different levels, creating jobs for a variety of Californians.

  • Advanced biofuels help the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) programs to achieve its 10% reduction in those carbon emissions by 2020. In all, 64 countries on six continents have adapted initiatives to reduce harmful emissions via the use of biofuels.


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