The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given its approval for the usage of camelina oil as a low-carbon feedstock in the production of advanced biofuels.

The approval will allow biofuels produced under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to employ camelina as a feedstock.

Welcoming the approval, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) noted that it provides developers with an additional option to manufacture biofuels.

The development is also expected to allow for increased production volume of advanced, renewable fuels.

NBB federal affairs vice president Anne Steckel stated that this decision expands the list of biodiesel feedstock that comply with EPA standards for advanced biofuel and enables sustainable, domestic biodiesel production to reduce imported oil.

"This is important for our energy security, for our economy and for addressing climate change, and we thank the EPA for conducting a thorough and fair review," Steckel added.

The RFS stipulates that a renewable fuel pathway is mandatory to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 50% to qualify for biomass-based diesel or advanced biofuel.

Biodiesel feedstocks including recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats are the other feedstocks currently qualified under the program.