How is Renewable Diesel Better Than Diesel?

by Booster Insights

Renewable Diesel

Fuel is necessary for large machinery, including generators, automobiles, and airplanes. For many machines, this fuel predominantly takes the form of diesel. But as technology advances, new fuel sources appear more frequently on the market. Biofuel, which encompasses various forms such as ethanol and biodiesel, is one such substitute gaining popularity.

Many questions come to mind as we think about what exactly biofuel is.

  • How does it differ from ethanol and biodiesel?
  • And how does it compare to traditional diesel?
  • Can diesel and biodiesel be used interchangeably, or do biofuels require specialized equipment for proper functioning?
  • Furthermore, which fuel source is more environmentally friendly and effective for your vehicle?
  • So, which one should you choose?

We will explore these questions in this blog, focusing on the advantages of renewable diesel over conventional diesel.

What is Diesel?

Diesel is a type of fuel that works in certain engines. Some vehicles, small trucks, railroads, boats, buses, large trucks, and delivery trucks all utilize it.  . Diesel engines squeeze the fuel hard to make it catch fire, which is how they work. This allows for smaller engines in smaller vehicles. But here’s the thing – diesel comes from crude oil, so it’s not a source that can be replaced or renewed.

What is Renewable Diesel?

Renewable diesel is a lot like regular diesel, chemically speaking. But the cool part is it comes from biomass feedstock, which includes stuff like soybean oil, corn oil, or reused animal fats and greases. You can use it in almost any diesel engine without changing anything, and it does not cause a lot of pollution. They usually make renewable diesel using a process called hydrotreating. This process uses hydrogen to clean the oil by removing water and oxygen bits. And instead of crude oil, they use recycled or plant-based oils. So, it’s like diesel but better for the environment!

Environmental Benefits of Renewable Diesel

  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Unlike traditional diesel, renewable diesel is produced using sustainable resources, including recycled cooking oil, animal fats, and vegetable oils. This results in a fuel that produces far fewer greenhouse gas emissions when used to run diesel engines.
  • Lower Carbon Footprint: When renewable diesel is used in 100% concentration, it significantly reduces carbon emissions from traffic, contributing to global climate targets. The carbon absorption caused by the plants grown to create biomass further offsets the carbon footprint.
  • Lower Particulate Emissions: Renewable diesel reduces particle, hydrocarbon, and nitrogen oxide emissions, contributing to cleaner air, especially in urban conditions.
  • Biodegradable and harmless: Renewable diesel is a safer alternative for the environment since it is both biodegradable and harmless.

Social Benefits of Renewable Diesel

  • Longevity as a Fuel Source: Renewable diesel is derived from biomass, making it a 100% renewable resource. Because it can be produced from plants cultivated in the United States, its lifespan makes it a more dependable energy source, particularly in that nation.
  • Greater Lubricity: Compared to diesel, biodiesel is more lubricating, which lessens engine part wear and lengthens engine life.
  • Versatility in Diesel Engines: Renewable diesel can be used in high concentrations and as a standalone product in all diesel engines, making it more versatile than traditional biodiesel.
  • No Special Requirements for Vehicles: Renewable diesel does not require modifications to vehicles’ fuel systems, regardless of their age or make.

Diesel vs. Renewable Fuel: Interchangeability and Efficiency

Here’s a table comparing Diesel and Renewable Diesel in terms of Interchangeability and Efficiency:

Aspect Renewable Diesel Diesel
Source of Fuel Produced from renewable feedstocks Derived from crude oil (non-renewable)
Environmental Impact Lower carbon footprint and cleaner High greenhouse gas emissions and pollution
Energy Higher energy output Slightly lower energy output
Engine Compatibility Compatible with typical diesel engines Compatible with typical diesel engines
Environmental Impact Reduced greenhouse gas emissions High greenhouse gas emissions
Sustainability Sustainable and renewable source Depleting fossil fuel source
Air Quality Lower emissions of harmful pollutants Higher emissions of harmful pollutants
Energy Security Reduces dependence on fossil fuels Relies on finite fossil fuel resources

Which is Better?

When deciding between diesel and renewable diesel, it’s essential to consider the advantages of renewable fuels. Here are some factors to consider that favor the use of renewable diesel:

  • Environmental Impact: Renewable diesel is a cleaner and more environmentally friendly option. It has a significantly lower carbon footprint, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and contributes to better air quality. Choosing renewable diesel aligns with sustainability goals and helps combat climate change.
  • Sustainability: Renewable diesel is produced from renewable feedstocks, such as plant and waste oils, making it a sustainable choice. It reduces our reliance on finite fossil fuel resources and promotes using renewable and readily available materials.
  • Energy Security: By opting for renewable diesel, you contribute to energy security. It diversifies fuel sources away from petroleum, reducing vulnerability to price fluctuations and geopolitical conflicts associated with oil.
  • Health Benefits: Renewable diesel emits fewer harmful pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter, known to have adverse health effects. Choosing renewable diesel can improve public health and reduce healthcare costs.
  • Compatibility: While some minor modifications may be required for engine compatibility, renewable diesel can still be used in existing diesel engines. This means a transition to a cleaner fuel source can be relatively seamless.

Ultimately, the choice between diesel and renewable diesel should reflect your commitment to sustainability, environmental responsibility, and long-term energy security. While diesel may be more readily available and cheaper, the numerous benefits of renewable diesel make it a compelling choice for a cleaner, more sustainable future.

Booster: Revolutionizing Fuel Delivery

Booster, a company focused on effective fuel delivery, complements the benefits of renewable diesel. Their three-step approach to cleaner fuel delivery includes direct delivery from the terminal to the source, eliminating on-site storage, and bringing fuel directly to the customer.

Booster’s Three-Step Approach:

  • Terminal to Fuel Source, No Jobbers: Direct delivery from the terminal to the source eliminates intermediaries, reducing emissions and streamlining the process.
  • Booster Fuel Delivery Service, No Storage: On-site storage is not required, minimizing the risk of fuel leaks into water and land.
  • No Stations, Customer Fuel Delivery Service: Bringing fuel directly to the customer reduces trips to gas stations, saving time, reducing emissions, and minimizing costs.

Booster’s Renewable Energy Delivery

Booster offers gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, renewable fuels, and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). Their technologically advanced technologies and intelligent tankers improve the efficiency of gasoline distribution.


Renewable diesel is a more environmentally friendly option with lower greenhouse gas emissions and more engine adaptability than conventional diesel. In addition to these advantages, Booster’s cutting-edge fuel distribution system helps create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.

We can all do our part to combat climate change, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and move toward a more sustainable future by using cleaner fuel supply options and renewable diesel. Booster is advancing this goal by expanding access to renewable energy sources around the US.