What Are Clean Fuels?

Why Is Some Gas and Diesel Greener?

Clean Fuels encompass a wide range of sources, but what they all have in common is they are lower greenhouse gas emissions than traditional gasoline or diesel, or they are from renewable resources that can be captured, cleaned, and reused.

Clean fuels are a substitute for fossil fuels and produce much less or no climate pollution. They can be blended into gasoline and biodiesel or, in the case of renewable diesel, without blending.

Examples of clean fuels include renewable diesel, biodiesel, ethanol, biogas, and hydrogen.


What Determines A Clean Fuel?

Carbon intensity is a measure of lifecycle emissions (sometimes called “well-to-wheels”). It refers to the total carbon impacts (net emissions) generated in the production, transport, storage, and use of fuel in a vehicle. The pollution includes emissions created from the extraction of 400 million year old oil called crude oil, or from growing and harvesting crops for biofuels.


Carbon Intensity Of Transportation Fuels

To reduce climate pollution, the states of California and Oregon, as well as the province of British Columbia, have clean fuel standards, which require a reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels.

Today, unleaded gas for cars and diesel for trucks and jet fuel for airplanes has the highest carbon intensity, while biofuels from agriculture or waste oil and grease and renewable diesel from tallow (fat) has the lowest carbon intensity.

With a clean fuel standard, fossil fuels, like gasoline and diesel, which have concentrated dangerous levels of greenhouse gas pollution, must blend their fuels with cleaner or renewable fuels to be sold to reduce their carbon intensity. This just makes since and it gives us a way we can all contribute to our climate right now today.


Can My Car, Truck, Or Farm Equipment Run On Green Fuel?

All vehicles sold in the United States since 2001 have been certified by the E.P.A. as clean fuel or flex-fuel capable and will have no difficulty running on less polluting fuels.

All diesel engines can use renewable diesel, and 92% of Class 4 and 5 on-road diesel powered trucks are waranteed and certified to use biodiesel and renewable diesel. heavy trucks on road.