Hundreds of biodiesel leaders from across the country gathered for the 2019 National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego to ENGAGE in thought provoking discussions to help advance America’s advanced biofuel.
Keeping with the theme of ENGAGE, here are some key takeaways from the conference:
E – Educate: One of the main goals of the conference was to educate attendees on all things biodiesel so the schedule included informative speakers and educational opportunities on topics such as the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard, West Coast carbon markets, and new vehicle technology.
N – Navigate: While there is still policy uncertainty, biodiesel experts at the conference shared insights to help attendees navigate the future on the federal and state level. There was also plenty of good media coverage at the event from top policy news outlets like Agri-Pulse. Listen to reporter Ben Nuelle’s wrap up interview with NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen:
NBB19 Agri-Pulse interview with CEO Donnell Rehagen
G – Gather: Over 800 biodiesel producers, distributors, retailers, and other industry advocates gathered for the conference this year, one of the biggest crowds in recent years.
A – Answer: NBB worked extensively to ensure this year’s conference was interactive and answered all attendee questions about the future of biodiesel, such as new regulations, critical policies, alternative fuels, biodiesel branding, and environmental impacts.
G – (Next) Generation: Each year the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program offers scholarships to college students for an opportunity to participate alongside other industry experts at the conference. The program is intended to foster professional relationships between budding and established scientists, share accurate information, and increase collaboration with academia and the biodiesel industry. At this year’s conference, scholarship winners had the opportunity to share their extensive biodiesel research during a poster session and held a breakout session, One Small Step: The Next Generation of Biodiesel Scientists, to share their key findings and industry breakthroughs.
E – Environment: The environment is always top of mind at the National Biodiesel Conference and sessions discussed how biodiesel companies can commit to the reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions and advance affordable, domestic renewable fuels to clean the environment.
NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen wraps up the conference in this interview:
NBB19 Wrap up interview with CEO Donnell Rehagen
The conference may be over but coverage here on the blog continues with the tons of content created at the event. Keep an eye out for more, including video from the vehicle technology showcase, more award winners, and an update from the Biodiesel Foundation.