In 2011, ethanol production will reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 105 million tons worldwide according to new data released by (S&T)2 Consultants Inc.  This is equivalent to a reduction of more than 287,000 tons every day.

"This data supports what corn farmers across the country have known for many years now: ethanol is an environmentally responsible, affordable, domestic energy source," says National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott, a grower from Kulm, ND.  "With more conclusive evidence coming to light each day, it becomes more and more obvious that ethanol is a key to meeting not only our own, but the world's, energy needs."

Specifically:

  • World ethanol production is currently replacing the need for one million barrels of crude oil per day, which would otherwise create 545,000 tons of GHG emissions/day.
  • In 2010, world ethanol production was 22.63 billion gallons and is estimated to have reduced GHG emissions by 101 million tons, a reduction of more than 276,000 tons/day. The total reduction would be the equivalent of taking 18.7 million cars off the road or of the total GHG emissions reported by Austria in 2005.
  • In cooperation with F.O. Licht, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance predicts global ethanol production this year will grow by more than 3%, totaling 23.43 billion gallons. This increase in production will result in a 9% growth in GHG reductions.

 

The data, announced in a press release sent by the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), was released as the biofuels industry gathered for the annual World Biofuels Markets conference.  GRFA is a non-profit group dedicated to promoting biofuel-friendly policies.  Alliance members represent more than 65% of the global biofuels production from 44 countries.