Renewable diesel vs biodiesel
Renewable diesel and biodiesel are both classified as biofuels, but there are important differences between them. Renewable diesel fuel is a clean-burning, pure hydrocarbon diesel fuel that can be used in all diesel engines, either pure or blended with fossil diesel. Biodiesel is not a hydrocarbon, but a Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) product that requires a modified diesel engine if unblended.
In the United States, pure biodiesel (B100) is not widely available for transportation, but is typically found at blend ratios from 5% to 20%, with traditional diesel making up the remainder. These biodiesel products are marketed as B5 and B20, respectively.
Although both fuels are biomass-based diesel products, renewable diesel offers better vehicle performance, is more sustainably produced, and delivers the greatest reduction in GHG emissions.
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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Neste is the world's largest producer of renewable fuels. We currently produce 845 million gallons of renewable diesel, with a production capacity target of 1.8 billion gallons in 2023. More than two decades of innovation in renewables power every drop of Neste MY.
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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.