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Newly Developed Additive Improves Biodiesel Quality

August 2, 2017

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has recently certified a biodiesel additive that will make B20 blends in California the ‘cleanest' diesel fuel with the lowest emissions profile available in the US.

The additive reduces every measurable regulated emission in biodiesel, including nitrogen oxides, when blended with California's unique diesel formulation, CARB diesel. The National Biodiesel Board led the initial research and development of the additive, in a bid to maintain biodiesel's competitive advantage.

Named VESTA 1000, the CARB certified additive ensures compliance with the 2018 implementation of CARB's Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation. A 20% blend of biodiesel with VESTA 1000 reduced nitrogen oxide by 1.9% and particulate matter by 18% compared with CARB diesel fuel.

The fuel will be produced by California Fueling, while Pacific Fuel Resource will distribute it to market. The two companies will work with NBB members as well as those in the California fuel community to support the ongoing use of biodiesel blends.