Study: RFS Has Slashed GHG Emissions by Nearly a Billion Metric…

first_img SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Feb 12, 2021 Previous articleThe Hoosier Ag Today Podcast for February 12, 2021Next articleHAT Market Analysis for 2/12/21 with Bob Utterback Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Study: RFS Has Slashed GHG Emissions by Nearly a Billion Metric Tons… A new analysis from a renowned carbon accounting firm finds that the greenhouse gas emission reductions achieved under the Renewable Fuel Standard far exceed the reductions originally projected by EPA. Between 2008 and 2020, the use of biofuels under the RFS has resulted in cumulative savings of 980 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions.The research, which updates the results from a previously published study, was conducted for the Renewable Fuels Association by Stefan Unnasch and Debasish Parida of Life Cycle Associates.The greater-than-expected GHG savings are attributable to several factors: corn ethanol provided larger GHG reductions than anticipated by EPA; the actual carbon intensity of gasoline and diesel was worse than estimated by EPA; and use of biodiesel and renewable diesel exceeded EPA’s original expectations.“The Renewable Fuel Standard has been the single most effective and efficient policy we’ve ever had for decarbonizing our nation’s transportation fuels,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “This research clearly demonstrates that the RFS has already put us firmly on the path toward net-zero GHG emissions by mid-century, and the program will continue to serve as the bedrock for future efforts to combat climate change. The RFS has overachieved its original expectations, and renewable fuel producers and farmers across the country should be extremely proud of their important role in securing 1 billion metric tons of carbon reduction.”According to the report, the carbon intensity of corn-based ethanol used toward the RFS is now 45% below the carbon intensity of gasoline, having dropped 20% between 2008 and 2020. The authors attribute ethanol’s shrinking carbon footprint primarily to improvements in the corn ethanol production process, growth in the use of low-carbon biogas as the process fuel, and the elimination of coal as a thermal energy source for dry mill ethanol plants.Cooper noted that the Life Cycle Associates study is consistent with recently released research from Environmental Health & Engineering Inc., which showed that GHG emissions for ethanol are 32% to 62% lower than gasoline, with a central best estimate of 46%. In addition, the assessment showed that carbon emissions from converting prior land uses to corn farming make up only 7% of the biofuel’s total GHG emissions—a much smaller amount than generally recognized.Source: Renewable Fuels Association release SHARE Study: RFS Has Slashed GHG Emissions by Nearly a Billion Metric Tons to Datelast_img read more

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10 are already qualified for IMCA Modified $10,000 to win Clash at the Creek

first_imgBy Greg AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (June 22) – Sixty-seven of the best Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers from 10 states converged on 141 Speedway for opening night of qualifying for the $10,000 to win Clash at the Creek main event.When passing points were figured after 16 heat races, 10 of those drivers … Benji LaCrosse, Mike Mullen, Kyle Brown, Jay Matthias, Hunter Marriott, Shawn Kilgore, Jordan Grabouski, Jer­emy Jacobs, Todd Dart and Marcus Yarie … were locked into Thursday’s starting grid at Francis Creek.The remainder of the field will be set by the “B” features and a Final Four race. Racing starts at 6 p.m. tonight.Brandon Czarapata and Jeff Schmuhl raced to $500 paydays on Wednesday, in IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features, respectively.Kyle Frederick started on the pole of the Stock Car feature. He was looking for his fourth win of the season but the rest of the field had other ideas. Frederick took to the lead immediately and set a quick pace.Czarapata worked from his seventh starting position into the second spot and tracked down the leader. Czarapata grabbed the lead but a caution put him back to second.  Frederick tried to stay down low on the restart but Czarapata was not to be denied on this night.Czarapata finally got the lead for good on lap 11. He had plenty of company in the next few cir­cuits that saw a couple of cautions. Travis Van Straten and John Heinz both had their chances with Czarapata but neither could come away with the lead. Czarapata put a stranglehold on the field late in picking up the win.  Heinz bested Van Straten for the runner-up finish.  Shawn Wagner took fourth with Frederick fifth.Jeff Steenbergen set the pace on the opening lap of the SportMod main. What proved to be the race-winning pass happened on lap two when Schmuhl stole the show up top.Schmuhl checked out from the field and was never to be seen again. Schmuhl worked into lapped traffic starting on lap 11. Cody Schroeder drove into the second spot late in the race but ran out of time for any chance to catch the leader.Schmuhl stayed as cool as ice driving around the rim of the 1/3-mile oval on his way to the check­ered flag.  Schroeder finished second with Steenbergen right behind. Kevin Bethke finished fourth with Hunter Parson taking home fifth.Both the Stock Cars and Northern SportMods will run complete shows again this evening with $500 awarded to the winners.last_img read more

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