It's National Biodiesel Day!
March 18, 2022
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"Pacific Biodiesel's sustainable agriculture and clean energy production model demonstrates a circular economy approach to fighting climate change in Hawaii."
– Pacific Biodiesel President Bob King
Today is National Biodiesel Day, the annual celebration of biodiesel in America. Observed each year on March 18, National Biodiesel Day commemorates the birthday of Rudolf Diesel, who invented the diesel engine and unveiled it at the World Fair in 1900. 

Now more than ever, our locally produced biodiesel is providing ongoing energy security for Hawaii by reducing the need for imported fossil fuel – while providing Hawaii with a clean renewable fuel choice that reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions to help fight climate change.
“The original diesel engine was designed to run on peanut oil. The modern, efficient clean diesel engine is not the problem. Petroleum diesel fuel used in those diesel engines is the problem," said Pacific Biodiesel Director of Operations Jenna Long. "By simply switching to biodiesel as a renewable fuel alternative, existing diesel engines can immediately reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 86% compared to petroleum diesel fuel.”
Hawaii’s only commercial producer of liquid biofuels since its founding in 1995, Pacific Biodiesel today is producing at its refinery on Hawaii Island more than 5.5 million gallons annually of premium distilled biodiesel, a 100% renewable fuel that provides a reliable firm renewable backup to Hawaii’s intermittent renewables such as solar and wind. Our company’s fuel is sold entirely in Hawaii.
“Pacific Biodiesel’s community-based production model in Hawaii uses local resources such as agriculture crops and recycled used cooking oil from restaurants to produce biodiesel. This directly supports a circular economy approach to fighting climate change,” said Pacific Biodiesel President Bob King. “It also ensures a just transition to a 100% clean energy future in our state by enabling consumers and companies to use existing diesel engines and simply change the fuel to biodiesel – without the need to purchase a new EV or invest in expensive new equipment.”
Today we are launching a new series of videos about our company. Watch below to learn more about Pacific Biodiesel, the benefits of biodiesel for Hawaii, and how our company is expanding local fuel production through sustainable agriculture for “food then fuel.”
Part I: About Pacific Biodiesel
Part II: Biodiesel 101: What Is Biodiesel, Who Uses It & How Is It Produced
Part III: Sustainable Agriculture & Clean Energy to Grow Hawaii's Diversified Economy
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Did You Know:

  • Biodiesel is a 100% renewable, non-toxic and biodegradable advanced biofuel.
  • It is less toxic than table salt.
  • Biodiesel reduces harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 86% compared to petroleum diesel.
  • It eliminates risk from environmentally hazardous fossil fuel spills.
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  • Biodiesel can be used in any diesel engine without modification, including cars, trucks, boats, buses, generators and heavy equipment for construction and farming.
  • Biodiesel is a direct replacement to petroleum diesel – every gallon displaces a gallon of fossil fuel.
  • Pacific Biodiesel annually produces 5.5 million gallons of biodiesel – that’s equal to 220 MWh PER DAY of 100% renewable energy for Hawaii.
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  • Local biodiesel is produced from used cooking oil recycled from Hawaii's restaurants (keeping this waste out of our landfills).
  • For every gallon of used cooking oil it recycles, Pacific Biodiesel can produce nearly one gallon of premium distilled biodiesel. 
  • Local biodiesel is also produced from oil crops like sunflowers – supporting diversified agriculture, clean energy and food security in Hawaii.
About Pacific Biodiesel 
Founded in 1995, Pacific Biodiesel is the nation's longest operating and most experienced biodiesel producer, and the only commercial producer of liquid biofuels in the state. A Maui-based company with nearly 100 employees statewide, we established the first retail biodiesel pump in America and for more than 25 years we've been an innovative leader in the renewable energy industry. With a nameplate production capacity of 5.5 million gallons annually, our refinery on Hawaii Island utilizes advanced technology to produce premium distilled biodiesel. Our company has always focused on recycling with a zero waste philosophy that incorporates development of value-added co-products. Today, our collaborative, community-based "agriculture and energy" production model demonstrates a circular economy approach to fighting climate change and helps Hawaii achieve a clean, sustainable energy future.
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Founded on Maui in 1995, Pacific Biodiesel is Hawaii's only commercial producer of liquid biofuels.

Our Mission: To promote a clean, sustainable energy future through the community-based production of renewable fuels
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40 Hobron Avenue, Kahului Hi 96732

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