As agriculture is becoming a source of low-carbon feedstocks for fuels, chemicals, and plastics, the increasing demand for feedstock oils needs to be met with a strong emphasis on sustainable growth metrics and climate change.
With that in mind, we are targeting uses for our Camelina products as feedstock oils for renewable diesel, as part of our commitment to environmental sustainability.
Renewable diesel is the second-largest consumer biofuel in the U.S., behind ethanol. Because it is chemically identical to diesel, it can be used in the existing diesel infrastructure as a viable carbon reduction alternative.
At the federal level, biomass-based diesel qualifies as an advanced biofuel under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, which requires renewable fuels to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply.
Biomass-based diesel also generates credits under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and is increasingly used to meet the fuel standards in the LCFS because of its favorable greenhouse gas reduction score.
As an alternative cover crop, Camelina is ideal for the large-scale production of feedstocks for renewable biodiesel. Furthermore, its use as a winter cover crop enables a second oil harvest for each acre.
Amenable to production practices used for canola
Grows on marginal lands
Suitable for spring planting in the Northwest U.S. and into Canada
Suitable for the Upper Midwest Corn Belt
Requires fewer inputs than other oilseed crops
Is naturally resistant to diseases that impact canola
Has enhanced drought and cold tolerance
Displays early maturation