Environment & Bioheat®
Bioheat® is making renewable energy a reality. While we’re still exploring the full capabilities of Bioheat® blends above 5%, this is certain: we can replace 5% of the petroleum oil used for heating homes in America right now, with no ramifications. That’s a reduction of hundreds of thousands of gallons of foreign oil.
What makes Bioheat® good for the environment?
Biodiesel is made from renewable resources like soybeans, and biodegrades as quickly as sugar. It promotes better air quality because it produces lower emissions than petroleum diesel. Unlike most fuels, Biodiesel actually has a positive energy balance – 5.54 to 1. EPA current greenhouse gas reductions as compared to heating oil or petroleum diesel.
Americans can feel more confident than ever in Biodiesel’s ability to meet today’s energy needs without sacrificing the ability of future generations to do the same. A new study shows production continues to be astonishingly energy-efficient in making Biodiesel for diesel vehicles and home heating, demonstrating its long-term sustainability.
Newly published research from the University of Idaho and U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that for every unit of fossil energy needed to produce Biodiesel, the return is 5.54 units of renewable energy. This energy-in, energy-out ratio is called “energy balance” or “fossil energy ratio.”
The “drivers” of LSHO (Low Sulfer Heating Oil)
The LSHO program has its genesis in the Congressional mandate for states/regions to develop plans to restore pristine air quality to National Parks and wilderness areas in the US. LCFS initiatives is driven (at this point) by state legislative and executive mandates to reduce Greenhouse Gases by 10% (or more) below 1990 levels.
Air Quality, Climate Change and the Oilheat Industry
Achieving these goals will ultimately require virtual elimination of common man-made pollutants including sulfur and carbon dioxide. Current efforts should be understood as first phase of more transformational requirements.
5% Biodiesel Replacement in All Heating Oil
The Oilheat industry annually distributes approximately 7 billion gallons, if all oilheat included Biodiesel blended at 5%, = 350,000,000 gallons of Biodiesel used.
All fats and oils used for Biodiesel are co-products or byproducts of agriculture. Soybeans are grown primarily as high protein meal for livestock and human consumption. About 20% of that soy is a co-product, in the form of oil. By increasing the demand and value for soybean oil used in Biodiesel production, the cost of healthy proteins used for feed and food is significantly reduced. In 2010, U.S. Biodiesel produced from soybean oil co-produced enough soybean meal for 57 billion servings of protein like those used in global hunger programs.