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NEWS UPDATE April 11, 2014

‘Create value and demand’ for ethanol, booster says

By Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer  •    •  Posted April 11, 2014

U.S. ethanol producers need to excite consumers with the prospect of lower motor-fuel prices and appeal to carmakers who are required to improve their output of fuel-efficient vehicles if they plan to hold on to the gains they have made in the past decade, one of the industry’s top experts said in Omaha. “Ethanol production and use is at an all-time high,” said Douglas Durante, executive director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition. “Yet we are under relentless attack all the time from animal feeders, the petroleum guys, the marine industry.” [ read more … ]

Ag Industry Groups Meet with EPA Official to Discuss Future of RFS

Farm Futures  •    •  Posted April 11, 2014

Carol Werner, executive director of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, told the EPA official that her organization “look(s) at everything through a climate lens, and biofuels provide important solution sets for dealing with the impacts of climate change.” She cited a lifecycle analysis done by researchers at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory that found corn ethanol produced in 2008-2012 reduced greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 34% compared to gasoline, even after factoring in hypothetical indirect land use change. “We urge EPA not to take any steps that would compromise efforts to reduce emissions that contribute to a changing climate,” she said. “We ask you to ensure that the full potential of biofuels can be realized.” [ read more … ]

Global production fell in 2012 — report

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 11, 2014

Global biofuels production declined slightly in 2012 for the first time in more than a decade, according to a report released today by the Worldwatch Institute. Total global production of ethanol and biodiesel in 2012 was 105.6 billion liters — about 27.9 billion gallons — down from 106.6 billion liters the previous year, the institute found. The decrease was the first since 2000. Ethanol manufacturers around the world produced 83.1 billion liters, or just under 22 billion gallons, in 2012, down 0.4 percent from 2011 production levels and the second yearly decline in a row. Biodiesel production, however, rose slightly from 22.4 billion liters in 2011 to 22.5 billion liters in 2012 and now accounts for more than 20 percent of total global biofuels production. [ read more … ]

IPCC authors find transportation emissions on track to double by 2050

Julia Pyper, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 11, 2014

On the current trajectory, greenhouse gas emissions from cars, trains, ships and airplanes may become one of the greatest drivers of human-induced climate change, according to a draft of the forthcoming U.N. fifth assessment report on mitigation of climate change. Authors project with high confidence that continued growth in emissions from global passenger and freight activity could “outweigh future mitigation measures,” says a preliminary version of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) study obtained by ClimateWire. [ read more … ]

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