April 6, 2009

Ethanol update: The good and the bad

THE GOOD NEWS:
A new report from the International Energy Agency said that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions savings from corn ethanol production and use have more than doubled between 1995 and the projected level in 2015.

The report said that GHG reductions have grown from approximately 26% in 1995 to over 39% today while projected GHG reductions from ethanol will reach nearly 55% in 2015 with the advent of new technology, process efficiencies and improved yields.


[Graph from US Department of Energy]

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