Cellulosic ethanol will reverse GHG emissions - US ethanol maker

15 June 2010 21:14  [Source: ICIS news]

ST LOUIS, Missouri (ICIS news)--US ethanol maker POET said on Tuesday that an independent life cycle analysis showed cellulosic ethanol produced at its first planned commercial plant would have negative greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The biofuel would reduce carbon emissions by 111% over gasoline, which means it would offset more GHG than it produces, the company said.

“Not only is cellulosic ethanol a clean and safe alternative fuel... it can literally reverse some of the effects of our nation's dependence on fossil energy such as oil,” said chief executive Jeff Broin at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in St Louis, Missouri.

POET said the analysis, compiled by Michigan-based Air Improvement Resource, included emissions from planting, harvesting, transporting and dispensing ethanol into a vehicle's tank.

Calculations for changes in land use and effects on agricultural inputs were also included in the study, the company said, referring to the controversial method of assessing land use impact to determine emissions from biofuels.

POET is the largest US producer of ethanol. The company has 26 plants with combined capacity of 1.6bn gal/year.

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