Ethanol Projected to Reduce Emissions Again in 2012

Greenhouse gas reductions via ethanol production are up one million metric tons since last year.

Published on: Sep 6, 2012

At the Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change in Hanoi, Vietnam, this week the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance released its annual Green House Gas Reduction Forecast. The GRFA is forecasting global ethanol production to reduce GHG emissions by 100 million metric tons in 2012.

(S&T)2 Consultants Inc., an energy and environmental consulting firm, has produced data demonstrating the impacts global ethanol production has on reducing global Green House Gas emissions. Figures reveal that world ethanol production in 2012 should reduce global GHG emissions by over 276,000 metric tons per day. Compared to 2011, this is an increase of over 3000 metric tons per day in GHG reduction.

Greenhouse gas reductions via ethanol production are up one million metric tons since last year.
Greenhouse gas reductions via ethanol production are up one million metric tons since last year.

"This is all very good news because these figures clearly show that biofuels are continuing to play a critical role in reducing damaging GHG emissions around the world," said Bliss Baker, GRFA spokesperson.

"In the wake of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, this data confirms that to successfully combat climate change, biofuels must be part of our future energy mix," Baker added.

Last year, world ethanol production was 84.5 billion liters and is estimated to have reduced GHG emissions by 99 million metric tons – a GHG reduction of more than 273,000 metric per day.

GRFA and F.O. Licht also predict global ethanol production in 2012 will grow by 1% to over 85.2 billion liters. This increase in production will result in a 2% growth in GHG reductions to over 100 million metric tons per year or 276,000 metric tons per day.

GHG emission reductions of just over 100 million metric tons is the equivalent of approximately 20.2 million cars being taken off the road, comparable to the number of vehicles registered in Mexico or the total GHG emissions of The Philippines.