Understanding Biodiesel’s Life Cycle Environmental Impact and New Indirect Land Use Science

You may already know that biodiesel is good for the environment, but transparent, reliable science reinforcing its benefits will help ensure its rightful place in the American energy landscape. A new study on biodiesel’s lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions updates and reaffirms the long-understood benefits of using the renewable fuel. The report, recently published by collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory, Purdue University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, represents the most up-to-date and comprehensive lifecycle analysis of biodiesel ever produced.

The lifecycle assessment of biodiesel includes indirect land use change (ILUC), the theory which suggests that economic benefits from renewable fuels impact farming patterns globally. In this webinar, you’ll hear the facts from leading scientists, supporting why biodiesel has the highest GHG reduction of any heavy-duty transportation fuel, and how it reflects biodiesel’s natural ability to store solar energy in a liquid form.


Don Scott, National Biodiesel Board Director of Sustainability

Farzad Taheripour, Purdue Agricultural Economics Research Associate

Professor Jeongwoo Han, Argonne National Laboratory Energy Systems Analyst

Zhangcai Qin, Argonne National Laboratory Assistant Scientist