Corn Ethanol Can Achieve Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Before 2050

A new report shows corn ethanol can help achieve net-zero emissions well before 2025. Researchers looked at more than two dozen actions that could reduce carbon emissions and ranked them according to feasibility, scale of reduction and cost.

The report identified several actions that could create a net-zero path, including renewable energy use by corn and ethanol producers, carbon capture and sequestration by ethanol facilities, and expanding conservation tillage and other low carbon practices by corn growers.

RFA President & CEO Geoff Cooper said the study proves it is an attainable goal. He said, “The ethanol industry is already halfway down the road to net-zero emissions, as today’s corn ethanol cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 50% compared to gasoline. This study provides the roadmap for completing the second half our journey to carbon neutrality.”

This study follows a recent report claiming corn-based ethanol causes more harm to the environment than gasoline.


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