Growth Energy calls on EPA to expand biofuels use to reduce GHG emissions
Growth Energy has submitted comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling on the agency to expand biofuels use in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
These comments were in response to a proposed rulemaking last month by EPA and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to decarbonise light-duty vehicles for model years 2023 through 2026.
The association noted: “We appreciate EPA’s work to reshape the nation’s transportation mix to make it more sustainable — this is a central driver for our industry as well.
“Vehicles and fuels operate as a system and liquid fuels will continue to play a dominant role in the transportation sector for decades to come, even as alternative fuels flourish. As such, it is imperative to consider the vital role that environmentally sustainable fuel options such as ethanol will play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the current and future vehicle fleet. It is also imperative to consider full lifecycle emissions of all vehicle and fuel technologies to accurately evaluate the profiles and the benefits of vehicles using different fuels and energy sources.”
The organisation added: “Ethanol is the most available and affordable means to immediately clean up our liquid fuel supply.
Recent data from Environmental Health and Engineering show today’s corn ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 46% compared to gasoline and can provide reductions of up to 70% with the use of readily available technologies.
Ethanol’s other environmental benefits are also noteworthy.
As has been researched, the use of more ethanol and ethanol-blended fuel reduces air toxics such as carbon monoxide, benzene, and other harmful particulates.”
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