As an environmentally friendly fuel comprised entirely of renewable materials, biodiesel can ultimately contribute to counteracting the increased levels of carbon dioxide, particulate matters, hydrocarbons, sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and air toxics trapped in the atmosphere as a result of long-term burning of fossil fuels.

The particulate matter produced by biodiesel consists largely of unburnt fuel, which is non-toxic and biodegradable as opposed to the carcinogenic compounds found in diesel exhaust gases.

Through a study conducted by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), it was found that as an alternative to petroleum diesel, biodiesel:

  • Lowers greenhouse gases by 100%
  • Lowers total hydrocarbon by 96%
  • Lowers carbon monoxide by 45%
  • Lowers particulate matter by 28%

The National Biodiesel Board (US Government Agency) also provides details of the non-regulated, but potentially harmful components of vehicle exhaust fumes compared to petroleum diesel as follows:

  • Oxides of sulphur – 100% lower;
  • PAH (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) – 80% lower;
  • nPAH (nitrated PAHs) – 90% lower;
  • Ozone potential of speciated HC – 50% lower.

As an alternative, biodiesel effectively eliminates noxious gas emission, cuts soot emissions in half, decomposes biologically with no harm to soil or ground water, contains no benzene or carcinogenic polyaromatic components and close to zero sulphur content.

Ultimately, biodiesel is a cost effective alternative to conventional petroleum-based diesel with the added environmental and performance benefits.

To find out more about creating a sustainable future with biodiesel, contact us on +233 20 793 5188