Ethanol Report on Environmental Benefits

One might think that after nearly two decades of the Renewable Fuel Standard that the environmental benefits of corn ethanol would be accepted, but one might be wrong.

According to a draft report from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), the effectiveness of the RFS in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions “remains highly uncertain from a scientific perspective” and there may be “minimal or no climate benefits” related to substituting corn ethanol for gasoline.

Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Geoff Cooper brought the ethanol industry’s concerns about the report in testimony to the SAB this past week, and he questions what impact it could have on how the U.S. Treasury decides to treat corn ethanol as a feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) tax credits. He talks about it in this edition of The Ethanol Report podcast.

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The Ethanol Report is a podcast about the latest news and information in the ethanol industry that has been sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association since 2008.

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