This may come as a surprise to some, but new analysis out this week shows that biofuels are still the greener choice compared to electric vehicles. And, as the third round of NAFTA talks wrap up, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has an important reminder about what a strong trade partner Canada is for the U.S. biofuels industry.

USGC: Canada top market for US feed grains, co-products

Canada—the host of the just-concluded third round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement—is a top trading partner for U.S. feed grains and co-products like ethanol and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) thanks to geography and strong trade policy, according to the USGC.

“The Canadian market is critical to our industry, and this trade agreement provided the foundation for growth across the sectors we represent,” said Floyd Gaibler, USGC director of trade policy and biotechnology.

Since NAFTA entered into force in 1994, exports of corn in all forms to Canada have increased 2.5 times, including a six-fold increase in corn exports, an almost 10-fold increase for DDGS and corn gluten feed/meal and a 90-fold increase for ethanol. And, Canada imports close to 20% of its domestic fuel ethanol, nearly all of it from the United States.

Learn more at Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Biofuels still beating electric vehicles on cost, emissions

Electric vehicles are improving on emissions and cost, but not enough to make driving an electric car the smart choice for consumers looking to save time and reduce environmental impacts. According to a new analysis, biofuels still reign. That’s because if you’re driving an electric car, you’re driving the grid, and the grid isn’t all that green, yet.

This is surprising to some because a landmark study by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that, over a 15-year vehicle lifetime, a battery electric vehicle would reduce emissions by half compared to conventional gasoline-based vehicles. However, there are two myths buried in the assumptions in the survey:

  • The only alternative to a battery (or other) electric vehicle is an all-gasoline based vehicle. That’s a false choice.
  • Owners keep their shiny new cars for 15 years. They don’t.

Read the full analysis over at Biofuels Digest.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Advisor at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.