Renewable diesel vs biodiesel
Renewable diesel and biodiesel are often confused, but they are not the same. Renewable diesel is a pure hydrocarbon diesel fuel chemically very similar to fossil diesel, and is also known as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel, whereas biodiesel is a Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) product which is not a hydrocarbon.
Although both fuels are produced from renewable raw materials, they are chemically different. Renewable diesel – a second generation biofuel – is far more versatile. Advanced production technologies ensure that renewable diesel is a drop-in solution that can be used in a pure form, with no blending required. Biodiesel’s composition makes it less compatible with existing diesel engines at full concentration, and most OEMs recommend that biodiesel be blended with renewable diesel or fossil diesel at concentrations of 20% or less.
Read more about the differences between renewable diesel and biodiesel.
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|Impact in reducing GHG emissions?||Significant – up to 75%* fewer GHG emissions||None||Modest – up to 15% fewer GHG emissions|
|Made from renewable sources?||Yes, from 100% sustainably sourced waste raw materials||No||Yes, but primarily sourced from virgin sources, not waste|
|Performance in cold weather?||Excellent||Excellent||Depends on biodiesel/diesel blend ratio|
|Cetane Number – Higher value indicates greater combustion efficiency, quicker cold starts and lower emissions||70+||45-55||50|
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*Lifecycle greenhouse gas emission reductions compared to fossil diesel and based on current feedstock pathways. Calculation method complies with the LCFS CA-GREET 3.0.