In comparing three different types of fuel, a new study has found that those with higher percentages of ethanol can bring significant health benefits. Plus, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has scheduled a public hearing on its renewable fuel standard (RFS) update. Just in time for the weekend, it’s your weekly bioenergy news roundup!

 

EPA schedules public hearing on proposed rule to update RFS

The EPA has announced that they will hold a public hearing on Dec. 6 in Chicago for its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule. Those who wish to testify must contact the EPA by Nov. 22.

The EPA released the proposed rule on Oct. 3. According to the agency, the proposal aims to enhance the RFS program and related fuel regulations to support the growth of ethanol and other renewable fuels. Among other things, it updates fuel regulations to allow expanded availability of high-ethanol fuel blends for use in flex fuel vehicles.

Visit Ethanol Producer Magazine for more details or check the EPA’s website for additional information on the hearing.

 

below50 renewable fuels group launches in South America

below50, an initiative that brings businesses together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials and Sustainable Energy for All to promote sustainable fuels has launched in South America.

Any company who produces, uses and/or invests in fuels that are at least 50% less carbon intensive than conventional fossil fuels can join below50. Companies must publicly commit to the campaign, show evidence that supports their claim and disclose their progress towards achieving this goal.

The campaign will centralize resources and dialogue; produce a go-to resource for regulators and policymakers; create a marketplace for companies across the supply chain; and host regional roadshows to engage financiers, policymakers and companies, as well as explore how to regionally scale sustainable fuel technology.

For more on the launch, visit Biofuels Digest, or learn more about the organization on their official website.

 

Study finds that ethanol reduces a variety of harmful emissions

A new study from the Swiss Federal Laboratories quantifies the emissions reductions that ethanol blends like E10, or fuel containing 10% ethanol, and E85, fuel containing 85% ethanol, achieve compared with traditional gasoline.

The study analyzed and compared emissions of nanoparticles, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and alkyl- and nitro- PAHs. The authors found that using ethanol blends significantly decreased these harmful emissions.

The study’s authors compared emissions from a flex-fuel vehicle when fueled with traditional fuel, E10 or E85. Both E10 and E85 reduced particulate matter emissions by more than 95% when compared with traditional fuel, providing a substantial health benefit.

Read the full story at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute

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.