Ethanol update: The good and the bad

THE GOOD NEWS:

A new reportfrom the International Energy Agency said that greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions savings from corn ethanol production and use have more thandoubled between 1995 and the projected level in 2015.

The reportsaid that GHG reductions have grown from approximately 26% in 1995 toover 39% today while projected GHG reductions from ethanol will reachnearly 55% in 2015 with the advent of new technology, processefficiencies and improved yields.



[Graph from US Department of Energy]

Still, IEA said the biofuel industry needs to do a better job inbenchmarking its performance if the GHG emissions benefits that itprovides are to be credible.


“Theindustry will also need a better visibility over the entire supplychain which will mean that biofuel producers will need much bettervisibility on feedstock supply chain that exists in many regions of theworld.”-IEA



THE BAD NEWS:

Associated Press reportedthat ethanol’s byproduct, distillers dried grains (DDGs), which is soldas livestock feed, are being linked to elevated rates of E.coli incattle. Big Biofuels Blog also noted this news at his March 29th post “Antibiotics at heart of corn ethanol.”



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