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NEWS UPDATE June 7, 2021

Top Story

Primed for Commercialization

By Susanne Retka Schill, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted June 7, 2021

Interest in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is taking off with all the renewed focus on reducing global greenhouse gases. Yet, while alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATF) is one of several approved processing options, it’s uncertain whether corn ethanol will be favored as a feedstock in what could be explosive SAF growth. One ASTM-approved pathway has reached commercialization status—hydro processed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) using fats, oils and greases. A second ASTM-approved pathway—alcohol to jet (ATJ)—will reach commercialization in the next couple of years. Both pathways are approved for up to 50% blending, with work ongoing to expand the blend rate. [ read more … ]

Climate

Despite pandemic, level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hits historic levels

By Brady Dennis and Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted June 7, 2021

Economies worldwide nearly ground to a halt over the 15 months of the coronavirus pandemic, leading to a startling drop in global greenhouse gas emissions. But that did little to slow the steady accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which reached the highest levels since accurate measurements began 63 years ago, scientists said Monday. [ read more … ]

RFS

Q&A: Joe Goffman, acting head of EPA’s air office

By Alex Guillen and Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico  •    •  Posted June 7, 2021

“…We’re determined to get the [RFS] program back on the schedule. And that means catching up to the [Renewable Volume Obligations] rules through 2022 and expeditiously moving to set the volumes for 2023 and beyond. And we want to do it in a timely way. We want to be really transparent about how we think that through. And of course we want to be responsive to all the key stakeholders. What I just said really is something that the administrator himself has said many, many times already about the program and how he sees it going forward.” [ read more … ]

EVs

ChargePoint CEO Sees Electric Pickups Winning Over Americans

By TT News  •    •  Posted June 7, 2021

The largest vehicle charging network in the U.S. is counting on electric pickup trucks to finally win over American drivers for EVs. ChargePoint Holdings Inc. CEO Pasquale Romano expects many businesses that maintain fleets of pickups will switch to electrics in the next few years, because they’re cheaper to maintain. And the workers driving those fleets will get hooked on their performance, Romano says.
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Start me up: ‘car guy’ Joe Biden accelerates push to turn America electric

By Daniel Strauss, The Guardian  •    •  Posted June 7, 2021

“The future of the auto industry is electric. There’s no turning back,” Biden said. “The question is whether we will lead or we will fall behind in the race to the future.” The proposed $174bn investment in electric vehicles represents the biggest ever White House push from fossil-fuel based vehicles and toward battery-powered cars. The Biden administration has made environmentalism and sustainability a key pillar to its job creation efforts, and the president wants to dramatically increase the number of electric vehicles on the road and the infrastructure for manufacturing them. [ read more … ]

Fiat plans to become an EV-only automaker by 2030

By K. Holt, Engadget  •    •  Posted June 7, 2021

Fiat is the latest automaker to announce a move entirely to electric vehicles by 2030. The company plans to phase out combustion engine vehicles starting in 2025. “It is our duty to bring to market electric cars that cost no more than those with an internal combustion engine, as soon as we can, in line with the falling costs of batteries,” Fiat CEO Olivier François said. “We are exploring the territory of sustainable mobility for all: this is our greatest project. Between 2025 and 2030, our product line-up will gradually become electric-only. This will be a radical change for Fiat.” [ read more … ]

 

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.