Ethanol industry poised to play major role in net-zero emissions

ELLISVILLE, Mo. — After a couple of years of more downs than ups, there’s optimistic news on the ethanol front looking toward 2022 and beyond.

Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO, sees opportunities for the industry in a net-zero carbon emissions future, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to return the Renewable Fuels Standard levels to the statutory volume.

Cooper looked ahead in a recent RFA-sponsored Ethanol Report.

“We think there is a tremendous role that ethanol can play in helping to get to the net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 goal. We know that ethanol itself can be a net-zero carbon emission fuel. Today we’re already cutting greenhouse emissions by about 50% compared to gasoline,” Cooper said.