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Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend is a fuel created by blending Chevron Renewable Diesel with up to 20% Chevron Biodiesel. This fuel is commonly called R80-B20 since it is a blend of at least 80% renewable diesel and up to 20% biodiesel. Primarily made from renewable resources, Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend provides a lower life cycle carbon intensity than conventional petroleum diesel under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend conforms with ASTM D7467, and since it contains 20% biodiesel, it is required by regulations to be identified as Biodiesel B20. To help customers recognize the B20 component, labels near product prices (e.g., price signs, dispenser IDs) identify the product as "Renewable Biodiesel B20.” Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend is produced from a variety of renewable sources, which can affect the color of the fuel.  It is normal for fuel color to vary.

Renewable diesel is a renewable fuel that can be used in conventional diesel engines as an alternative to petroleum diesel. It is primarily made from non-petroleum renewable sources such as vegetable oils, waste fats, and greases, with a maximum of 0.1% of its composition deriving from conventional petroleum diesel. These renewable feedstocks are treated in a similar manner to conventional petroleum diesel to produce a renewable diesel that meets the same standard ASTM D975 specifications as conventional diesel. 

 

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel made primarily from renewable resources such as vegetable oils, animal fats, and greases. These feedstocks are processed to produce the raw, degummed oil which is then reacted with methanol in a processing plant to produce biodiesel. This resulting biodiesel is suitable for blending with renewable and conventional petroleum diesel to produce blends typically ranging from 5% (B5) to 20% (B20).

Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend has physical properties that benefit the combustion process in diesel engines, resulting in lower engine-out emissions of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulates than conventional petroleum diesel.  

Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend is sourced primarily from renewable sources and has a lower carbon intensity on a life cycle basis. This means a lower sum of greenhouse gases emitted throughout the full fuel life cycle calculated under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard methodology. Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend has a greater cetane number, than conventional petroleum diesel which can also improve cold start performance in certain engines. 

Please check your owner’s manual before using.  Manufacturer’s recommendations vary and may include reduced fuel system and lubrication system maintenance intervals, cautions against long term storage, and cautions when operating below freezing temperatures.  If your vehicle is approved for B20, you may use Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend.  

 

Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend can be used interchangeably with conventional diesel in most modern vehicles. The product meets or exceeds the ASTM D7467 specification for diesel fuels with biodiesel blended up to a 20% level, commonly referred to as B20. Almost all major engine manufacturers have approved the use of B20.  Exceptions are some older model years and marine and farming equipment. If approved for these older model years, make sure to monitor rubber sealing components in contact with the fuel for any leakage signs. 

 
Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend, as with other diesel fuels, may form solid material that can clog vehicle fuel filters below freezing temperatures, potentially interfering with vehicle operability. During these times, Chevron and its suppliers may lower the biodiesel content in the product to help avoid this possibility and ensure the product performs. B20 blends are not recommended for use in locations with daytime high temperatures below freezing.  

The product will be labeled as Renewable Biodiesel B20 and will also be identified as Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend. There will be orange and blue decals on the dispenser with the percentage ranges of renewable diesel and biodiesel.  These decals are required by the Federal Trade Commission.

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