This week’s news roundup features a study that lays out a roadmap for energy-related decarbonization, as well as an optimistic analysis of the impact of Nebraska’s ethanol industry.

New IRENA study: It’s possible to eliminate energy-related emissions

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released a report finding that “global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050 and completely phased-out by 2060 with a net positive economic outlook.”

According to IRENA, five targets need to be met to accomplish this:

  • Renewables need to account for the majority of power generation in 2050
  • Electric vehicles need to become the predominant car type in 2050.
  • Liquid biofuel production must grow ten-fold.
  • High efficiency all-electric buildings should become the norm.
  • Deployment of heat pumps must accelerate and a combined total of 2 billion buildings will need to be new built or renovated.

Renewable energy now accounts for 24% of global power generation and 16% of primary energy supply. To achieve decarbonization, the report states that, by 2050, renewables should be 80% of power generation and 65% of total primary energy supply.

Visit Biofuels Digest for a more detailed summary or visit IRENA’s website to download the full report.

Studies show impact of Nebraska’s ethanol industry

Recent reports indicate a strong future for Nebraska’s ethanol production in 2017, according to analysis performed by the Nebraska Ethanol Board.

An impact study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln economists in 2015 revealed Nebraska’s ethanol production capacity growth between 1995 and 2014 was tenfold with a $5 billion annual economic impact, and those numbers continue to grow.

And, with an operating capacity of approximately 2.2 billion gallons of ethanol, Nebraska ethanol producers used 31% of the state’s corn crop in 2016. This operating capacity is an increase of 5% compared to 2015. Production is expected to rise in 2017 with a projected record year for ethanol.

Get more details on this story, including EIA estimates for ethanol exports in 2017, at Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Geoff Hayward

Communications Writer 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.