Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor has welcomed the role of biofuels in the introduction of the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for the Nation's (CLEAN) Future Act.
The new legislation aims to eliminate carbon on the power grid by 2035 and reach economy-wide net-zero emissions by 2050.
She said: “We are pleased to see the CLEAN Future Act includes biofuels, through the RFS Integrity Act and through encouraging advanced and cellulosic biofuel pathway approvals, in its climate goals for the nation.
“A recent report found that greenhouse gas emissions from corn ethanol are 46% lower than those of gasoline. This means that in order to achieve an immediate or near-term clean energy future, biofuels like ethanol must be in the mix as a majority of cars on the road will still continue to be powered by liquid fuels.
She added: “The inclusion of biofuels in the CLEAN Future Act is a nod to their effectiveness in our country’s climate efforts and their critical role in decarbonising the transportation sector.”
The CLEAN Future Act includes the text of the RFS Integrity Act, which would bring more certainty into the renewable fuel marketplace by setting an annual deadline of 1 June for oil refineries to submit small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions and requiring public disclosures for facilities seeking small refinery exemptions.
It also includes text of legislation to reduce delays at the Environmental Protection Agency in approving advanced and cellulosic biofuel production pathways under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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