Author: CEA

Global alliance of agriculture and biofuels partners highlights role of ethanol as immediate and cost-effective climate action measure for transport

In the light of alarming oil industry forecasts[1] of continued growth in the world’s fleet of gasoline and diesel road vehicles to 2040 and beyond (to upwards of two billion vehicles from 1.2 billion today), ethanol sector advocates pressed government leaders at COP 25 today to further bolster support for ethanol as a renewable fuel. Today’s ethanol contributes greenhouse gas savings of over 50 percent compared to oil—a number that increases every year as the sector innovates.  With enough output to power 100 million cars globally, the amount of renewable energy supplied by ethanol is approaching that of wind energy and has surpassed that of solar.  Worldwide, ethanol made from biomass is the single biggest contributor to climate action in the transport sector while also serving as a valuable revenue stream for farmers that have struggled with low prices due to global crop surpluses. Fred Yoder, farmer from Ohio, USA, said, “I have doubled yields on my land in the last 20 years while at the same time improving soil health, increasing carbon sequestration on the land I farm and all the while producing crops for both food and energy.  My farming business would not be viable without both markets.” While much of COP25 is concerned with future innovations and politically challenging solutions for climate action in transport, ethanol is already viable, scalable and cost effective.  It works in...

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Biofuels Lead Efforts to Protect the Climate

With every passing year, the pathway to a stable climate gets narrower and more difficult to navigate. Meanwhile, the reports from our planet’s top scientists paint an increasingly grim picture of what to expect if the swing in global temperatures cannot be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Flooding, famine, and mass displacement of vulnerable populations threaten to impose an incredible cost. That’s why more than 30,000 leaders from across the globe have gathered in Katowice, Poland for COP24, the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Among those are representatives from the...

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Robust Sustainability Frameworks are key to bioenergy growth

Every drop of conventional biofuel made in Europe is traceable from farm to tank, and comes with certified sustainability credentials.   The vast majority of Europe’s conventional biofuels is comprised of ethanol from wheat, maize and sugar beet and biodiesel from rape seed oil.   To qualify under the Renewable Energy Directive biofuels must be certified as having achieved greenhouse gas savings of at least 50% in comparison to fossil fuels, rising to 60% in 2018 for new production facilities and rising again to 70% by 2030.  All life cycle emissions are taken into account when calculating greenhouse gas savings,...

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