Complying with Renewable Fuel Mandates

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How are you meeting your renewable fuel mandates?

Many governments have established policies or mandates to reduce their emissions. In the U.S., the federally mandated Renewable Fuel Standard, known as RFS2, calls for substantial increases in the volume of advanced renewable transportation fuels over the next several years. And in Europe, the Renewable Energy Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive require that 10% of transportation fuel come from renewable sources by 2020.

Challenges refiners face meeting renewable fuel mandates:

  • It can be difficult to control or predict the cost of compliance with mandates
  • There can be a risk of reduced profitability due to compliance costs
  • Limited alternatives force obligated parties to rely on ethanol or FAME to meet obligations, which suffer from low blend limits

Refiners can meet worldwide renewable fuel mandates with help from UOP’s flexible technology solutions

Stable, long-term economic advantages: Favorable economics are sustainable during the life of the project because of feedstock flexibility and the option to sell the fuel to third parties.

Drop-in fuels: Fuels made from UOP technologies can be blended at sufficiently high levels using the lowest-cost raw materials. Because of their drop-in qualities, it is more cost-effective to bring these fuels to market than FAME, which requires additional infrastructure and transportation costs.

Revamp capability: UOP has commercial experience revamping existing units into units to produce renewable diesel or renewable jet fuel, giving new life to old assets and reducing investment and schedules.

Feedstock flexibility: UOP renewable process technologies can process many types of oils and fats, depending on what’s cost-effective and available, so sourcing capabilities aren’t limited to one type of feed. Feedstock flexibility creates options to source cost advantaged feedstocks that have limitations when used for FAME.

Commercially proven: UOP offers commercially proven technologies with a track record of successfully processing many sustainable feedstocks to produce high-quality fuels.

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