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The US rendering industry is guided by science, and it has embraced extensive research on the utilization of animal by-products, biofuels and the ecological aspects of the rendering process.

Fats and Proteins Research Council (FPRF)

Most of this research is conducted by NRA’s sister organization, the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation. Since its founding in 1962, FPRF has completed more than 600 research projects. FPRF’s research has documented the continued improvement in the rendering industry’s products as measured by bioavailability, biosecurity and consistency.

Biofuel research has been a part of FPRF’s research goals since the 1990s. The rendering industry has experienced significant success in using rendered animal fats as burner fuel. FPRF’s research on the fuel’s burning characteristics and emissions has allowed for the permitting of substituting animal fats for No. 2 or No. 6 fuel oil or natural gas for the production of steam.

In 2005, FPRF funded and launched the Animal Co-Products Research and Education Center at Clemson University (ACREC) in Clemson, South Carolina.