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Ethanol trade bodies call for urgent E10 roll out for immediate climate benefit

European, Brazil and US ethanol organisations at COP24 in Katowice, Poland are calling for an urgent roll out of E10 and higher ethanol blends to help address the crisis in transport sector carbon emissions.
"Not only has ethanol enabled Brazil to cut its transport carbon emissions by more than nearly any other country in the world, but it has also brought energy independence and economic development to rural regions” said Elizabeth Farina, Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA).

Conventional biofuels that use feed-grade grains like maize also produce co-products used in the food and feed industries.

Conventional biofuels that use feed-grade grains like maize also produce co-products used in the food and feed industries.

The United Nations IPCC Special Report of November 2018 highlighted the need for a threefold increase in biofuels for transport by 2030, to accompany the fiftyfold increase in e-mobility, if the 1.5oC limit on global warming is to be achieved.

Renewable ethanol is already the single biggest contributor to climate progress in transport worldwide. But there is great opportunity for immediate increased application of E10 and higher blend ethanol fuels across developed and developing economies alike. Ethanol works safely and efficiently in all gasoline vehicles, it brings 43 to 100 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) savings compared to regular gasoline and comes with no adverse effects, said Craig Willis, Growth Energy.

According to a joint statement from ethanol industry trade bodies Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) (Brazil), Growth Energy (US), European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE), Climate Ethanol Alliance along with ethanol producers POET (US) and Ethanol Europe, COP24 negotiators in Katowice found overwhelming evidence that the transport sector is “drastically” lagging behind.

COP24 highlighted the need for legislators to account for comparative costs of various carbon abatement options in transport.  In eastern Europe where we operate the average carbon abatement cost of electric driving exceeds EUR 700 per tonne of carbon equivalent, while the cost of conventional ethanol, inclusive of lifecycle and indirect effect emissions, is less than EUR 200 per tonne. Both figures will reduce over time with efficiencies and innovation said Eric Sievers, Ethanol Europe.

However, progress worldwide is tiny compared to what’s required.

Despite claiming to be a climate leader, Europe continues to lag behind in its efforts to decarbonise transport – even though it has solutions at hand that reduce emissions from today’s vehicles and will be even more effective in future technologies. In many EU countries that are having trouble meeting their climate targets, an E10 rollout would make an immediate emissions-reduction impact, said Emmanuel Desplechin, ePURE.

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