Jump to main content or area navigation.

Contact EPA Pacific Southwest

Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Biodiesel: Fat to Fuel

‘Thanks to this project, yesterday’s French fry grease is tomorrow’s truck fuel.’ -Jeff Scott, EPA R9 Waste Mgmt. Division Director

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel produced from domestic, renewable resources. It is safe to use in any diesel engine and is more sustainable and far less polluting than conventional petroleum diesel. Biodiesel significantly reduces asthma-causing soot, greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, and sulfur dioxide in air emissions. Along with creating less pollution, biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable and non-toxic. Produced from renewable resources such as waste cooking oil or soybean oil, biodiesel reduces dependence on limited energy resources and foreign oil. The “fat to fuel” process recovers energy and recycles waste oils that are either dumped in landfills or flushed down drains, clogging pipes and causing costly sewer spills. 

photos of deep frying food, jar of biodiesel, truck fueled with biodiesel

Learn About Biodiesel
What is it? How is it made? Yes...
Why should you care?
many more questions & answers

Benefits of Biodiesel
Also addresses concerns

Biodiesel Resources
Web sites, research reports, federal statutes & regulations, books

Funding Information
Available grants, already-funding projects and their progress

Regional Activities
Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada

Contact Information

Jeff Buss (buss.jeff@epa.gov)
(415) 947-4152

Jump to main content.