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Yet again European ethanol scores higher greenhouse gas savings – ePURE

European Union (EU) ethanol production and use resulted in more than 71 percent average savings over fossil fuels in 2018, according to the latest certified producer data. It is the seventh straight year ethanol’s decarbonisation performance has improved says the European renewable ethanol association, ePURE.

Emmanuel Desplechin has been appointed new Secretary General of ePURE replacing Robert Wright (photo courtesy ePURE).

Emmanuel Desplechin Secretary General of the European Renewable Ethanol Association ePURE (photo courtesy ePURE).

According to ePURE, European renewable ethanol delivered an average of more than 71 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) savings compared to fossil fuels in 2018, well above the minimum legal requirements, according to new certified data from producers. That continues a seven-year trend, as the climate-change-fighting potential of EU ethanol keeps improving.

Once again, renewable EU ethanol proves its sustainability credentials by increasing its GHG savings. In countries across Europe, ethanol refineries are investing in more efficient production processes for low-carbon liquid fuel and high-protein animal feed, helping to reduce emissions from transport and offset the EU’s protein deficit – while also providing an important market for farmers. As the EU moves ahead with its long-term strategy to decarbonise, it needs to take full advantage of solutions such as European crop-based and advanced ethanol to make a difference right now, said Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General of ePURE.

Ethanol produced by ePURE members is refined from European feedstock and works at scale in today’s petrol cars. Increasing its use across Europe – for example through the adoption of E10 petrol with up to 10 percent ethanol – would make an immediate emissions reductions impact and help Member States to achieve their climate and renewable energy targets.

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