Benefits of Vegetable Oil Fuel

Alternative fuel signWhen used in place of petroleum diesel, Biodiesel and recycled vegetable oil offer a wide range of environmental, health, economic and fuel security benefits. Vegetable oil burned as fuel does not emit sulfur dioxide (SO2), a main compound in diesel responsible for acid rain.

In addition to this 100-percent reduction in SO2, recycled vegetable oil fuel produces 78 percent less carbon dioxide (CO2), the dominant greenhouse gas responsible for global warming, 48 percent less carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas, 48 percent less asthma-causing particulate matter, and 80 percent less cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH's) than petroleum diesel.

Besides the substantial reductions in polluting emissions, vegetable oil and fat based fuels can also give the U.S. greater fuel security, curbing our reliance on imported oil. Currently the U.S. imports about 60 percent of our fuel needs from other countries, leaving us susceptible to dramatic price shocks and high defense costs to secure the imported oil.