The Role of Biodiesel Fuel In Energy Independence

May 25th, 2022 |  Categories Blog
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As we learn more about the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment, it’s more important than ever to transition away from fossil fuels and toward sustainable energy sources. Biodiesel producers like SeQuential and our parent company Crimson Renewable Energy play an important role in striving for energy independence. Commercial kitchens can help in that goal! Learn more about how retail food establishments can assist with advancing biofuel production in the United States.

Renewable, Clean-burning Biofuel

Biodiesel production is one of the standout successes of the renewable energy sector. Biodiesel is clean-burning, biodegradable, and designed to power standard diesel engines. It can be made of vegetable oil, animal fats, or recycled cooking grease. At SeQuential, we make our biodiesel from used cooking oil collected from small businesses throughout the West Coast. This biofuel can be used to power any type of diesel equipment, from cars and trucks to generators and farming equipment.

We’re committed to practices that are good for the environment. That’s why we source used oil locally and refine our biodiesel right here on the West Coast. In fact, more than half the biofuel produced by Crimson Renewable Energy is used in California’s Central Valley.

The Benefits of Biodiesel

Investing in renewable energy like biofuels helps to safeguard America’s abundant natural resources for future generations. Some of the many advantages of biodiesel fuel include:

Economic Benefits

Increasing biodiesel production reduces America’s dependence on foreign oil and, in turn boosts national security. It also benefits the country’s economy by creating new jobs and opening new markets. Plus, companies like SeQuential support communities right here on the West Coast – we collect used cooking oil from businesses in Oregon, Washington, and California, and our refineries are located here.

The importance of energy independence has long been recognized at the federal level. In 2007, Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign petroleum and increase the availability of alternative fuel sources. The law funded biofuel research, created regulatory support for renewable fuel infrastructure, and is projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 9% by 2030.

Environmental Benefits

Biodiesel is a non-toxic, clean-burning fuel with a significantly lower carbon footprint than petroleum diesel. Using biodiesel blends helps companies reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of their fleets and lessen the effects that trucking and transportation have on human health and the environment. Plus, it’s biodegradable, so accidental spills aren’t nearly as harmful to the environment as traditional diesel.

Biodiesel production is truly a win-win solution. With partners like SeQuential, small businesses don’t have to waste valuable time and money disposing of their used cooking oil. They can simply outsource the collection to SeQuential for free, knowing they’re helping to advance energy independence on a local and national scale.

Supporting Energy Independence in the Workplace and at Home

SeQuential makes it easy for you to safely collect and dispose of used cooking oil. We offer a free pickup service for food service establishments, including:

  • Restaurants
  • College and university cafeterias
  • Stadiums and other event venues
  • Hotels

When used cooking oil is disposed of improperly, it can lead to a buildup of fats, oil, and grease (FOG) in the local sewer system, which can pose a hazard to human health and public infrastructure. Wherever your business is located, you’ll need to comply with the local regulations for proper FOG disposal or risk hefty fines and potential shutdowns. SeQuential’s free used cooking oil recycling service helps you stay in compliance and protect the environment simultaneously.

Even if you don’t operate a commercial kitchen, you can help recycle home cooking oil in partnership with SeQuential. We provide designated drop-off locations throughout California, Oregon, and Washington so that homeowners can safely recycle their used cooking oil and help support biodiesel production at the same time.

Help Fuel the Future With SeQuential

If you’re looking for a way to lower the carbon footprint of your business while helping to support your community, SeQuential is standing by to help. Our free used cooking oil collection service is good for your bottom line and helps promote energy independence. SeQuential serves commercial kitchens throughout the metro areas in Eugene and Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles, California. To learn more about partnering with SeQuential, contact us today.