RFA: Ethanol should be front and center at COP26

The head of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) says biofuels are an immediate solution to decarbonizing the worldwide transportation sector.

Geoff Cooper tells Brownfield leaders attending the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26) should make ethanol a priority in their conversations. “It feels to us like the carbon-reducing benefits of biofuels are being overlooked in recent policy discussions around climate change and round the Paris Agreement.”

He says research and data shows ethanol can cut greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. “We can deliver the same or better carbon performance with renewable fuels like ethanol that they’re expecting to get out of a move to electric vehicles.”

Cooper says some countries like India are backing ethanol by rolling out a 20 percent blended fuel by 2023 and hopes the U.S. keeps up. “We’re just encouraging our own leaders from Washington D.C., this administration and this Congress to make sure we’re not getting left behind in the race to embrace to low-carbon liquid fuels.”

He says misinformation and myths are the biggest obstacle from allowing biofuels to become a world-wide focus.

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