USA: USDA, DOE release national biofuels action plan

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Energy (DOE) outline an action plan to accelerate the development of a sustainable biofuels industry.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) secretary Ed Schafer and Department of Energy (DOE) secretary Samuel W. Bodman released the National Biofuels Action Plan (NBAP), an interagency plan detailing the collaborative efforts of federal agencies to accelerate the development of a sustainable biofuels industry.


The NBAP was developed in response to President Bush's plans to change the way America fuels its transportation fleets, with plans calling for a cut in U.S. gasoline consumption by 20 percent over the next 10 years by investing in renewable and alternative fuel sources, increasing vehicle efficiency, and developing alternative fuel vehicles.

To enhance the impact of federal biofuels investments and enable attainment of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the NBAP outlines interagency actions and accelerated federally supported research efforts in seven areas including:

  • Sustainability
  • Feedstock Production
  • Feedstock Logistics
  • Conversion Science and Technology
  • Distribution Infrastructure
  • Blending
  • Environment, Health and Safety
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