ePure members produce ethanol with an average of 72% GHG savings in 2019

June 25, 2020 |

In Belgium, production and use of renewable ethanol from ePURE members delivered an average of more than 72% greenhouse-gas savings compared to fossil fuels in 2019, according new certified data.

This record-high average performance continues an eight-year trend of annual improvements to the climate-change-fighting potential of EU ethanol.

Renewable ethanol produced by ePURE members is refined from European feedstock and works at scale in petrol engines, which still power the majority of new cars being bought in the EU and will be predominant on the roads for the next decades. Promoting ethanol use in the EU – by adopting E10 (as 13 Member States have already done) or higher ethanol blends; by increasing ambitions for renewables in transport; by taxing energy based on carbon intensity instead of volume – would help Europe achieve its Green Deal transport decarbonization goals.

The increased GHG-saving performance of ePURE members’ ethanol was also accompanied by significant production of animal feed (3.8 million dry matter equivalent metric tons) and of captured CO2 (0.8 million tons). The 2019 findings were compiled from ePURE members and certified by auditing firm Copartner.

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