The National Biodiesel Board has completed it's annual conference meeting in San Francisco and one of the larger announcements are new rules for sustainable biodiesel. A Sustainability Task Force met during the event and developed and passed the principles that demonstrate their claimed commitments to climate change mitigation, human rights, food security, and respect for natural resources. Much different than soy-sourced biodiesel, sustainable biodiesel needs to meet the following long list of principles
: it's made legally, it's manufactured under transparent processes, it really reduces global greenhouse gas emissions, it protects human rights, it's manufactured to promote local communities, it helps food security, it promotes sustainable management systems, it respects water and and land rights, and that all these conditions are subject to improvement. The EU has been struggling to find an equivalent legislation that would also apply to imported biofuels.
[Source: National Biodiesel Board