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Leafing Through Jen’s Desk A Note From Our CEO

Thank you for taking time to read our newly established newsletter! Below is a brief overview of what we have been up to in the last year:

We have expanded!
When restaurants closed down at the beginning of the pandemic, our source of fuel - used cooking oil - literally dried up. We took the time to invest in our facility and more than doubled our output from 5 million gallons of biofuel to 12 million gallons each year.

Getting more involved!
We are more involved in our Barrio Logan community than ever. We are working with Say San Diego, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and others to ensure the preservation and enhancement of the surrounding community.

Getting recognition!
I am so proud that our organization and leadership have been recognized with numerous accolades, including:

  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards - named New Leaf the “Best Success Story” of 2020
  • San Diego Business Journal named me among the most Influential Women in Life Sciences
  • San Diego Magazine recently named me among San Diego’s most Influential Women in Business in their November 2021 issue 

 

These are just a few of the many things we have been diligently working on. We look forward to sharing more in the next issue of The New Leaflet, stay tuned!

New About Town: Restaurant Spotlight

 

Did you know that New Leaf Biofuel has been collecting used cooking oil from all Blue Ridge Hospitality Group restaurants for over 10 years? They operate some of San Diego’s most popular hot spots, including Leroy’s/The Islander, Village Pizzeria in Coronado, Little Frenchie, Stake Chophouse & Bar, BBH Commercial Kitchen in Barrio Logan and Liberty Public Market.


Grassroots: Local update

Several local elected officials, including City of San Diego Councilmembers Marni Von Wilpert, Raul Campillo and Vivian Moreno, toured our headquarters in Barrio Logan over the summer and learned about how we recycle used cooking oil into biodiesel.

 

If you are interested in learning more about our process, please contact us at 619-236-8500.


Biofuels Minute: Regulatory/Industry News

Biodiesel Tax Credit: The Biodiesel Tax Credit provides biodiesel producers $1 for each gallon of biodiesel blended into the fuel supply. The program is in place through 2022 and our industry is working with Congress on an extension.  

Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): The RFS requires that importers and producers of fossil fuels blend a certain percentage of renewable fuels into the country’s fuel supply. Producers like us can generate carbon credits (RINs) that we can sell in addition to the fuel. 

 

Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS): The California LCFS provides us with a carbon credit for each gallon of biodiesel fuel we produce. LCFS is similar to the RFS in that it encourages fossil fuel companies to blend biofuels. Each company is assigned a LCFS score tied to the carbon intensity (CI) of the fuel, and the lower the score, the more diesel fuel we displace.  New Leaf has enjoyed one of the lowest carbon credit scores in the region thanks to our loyal restaurant clients. 

 

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