The SBA was founded to support and encourage sustainable production and use of the renewable fuel biodiesel. In 2006, founders, Kelly King, Daryl Hannah and Annie Nelson formed the 501(c)3 non profit to develop tools for biodiesel stakeholders to evaluate the fuel and create a certification system for sustainable biodiesel.
The primary mission of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is the completion of an independent sustainability certification system for U.S. Biodiesel Feedstock, Production, Distribution and end use fuel.
SBA programs focus on educating the public on the values of community-based biodiesel systems and how local, sustainable biodiesel can help the U.S. move towards energy, economic and environmental security.
Third, the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance provides tools for sustainability to biodiesel consumers and the biodiesel industry through our website and membership. By working with biodiesel consumers and the biodiesel industry, and promoting the value of sustainable community-based biodiesel, the SBA is bringing people together to build a sustainable energy future that benefits all sectors of society.
In 2008 the SBA released the Baseline Practices for Sustainability (BPS). This document was created through a workgroup process made up of forty two industry stakeholders, academics and government representatives. The BPS was the first document of its kind to outline sustainable practices for the biodiesel industry.
In 2009 the BPS was developed into a checklist to be used in scoring biodiesel consumed by fleets nation wide. This pilot testing evaluated over four hundred thousand gallons of fuel on sustainability criteria including environmental, social and economic impacts on regional communities.
In 2011 the SBA teamed up with Green Circle Certified to create a certification process. based on the BPS and pilot testing, to evaluate and brand sustainable biodiesel production and use.
In 2013 the SBA officially launched the Sustainable Biodiesel Certification. This certification evaluate and scores biodiesel production and use throughout the supply chain. Entities that may engage in certification include biodiesel producers, distributors and end users. This certification system has been set in place to validate that biodiesel being used, distributed or produced by a company meets the sustainability objectives of the participating stakeholders.