The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released the following statement regarding a notice posted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it intends on investigating the lifecycle impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
“For years RFA has been asking the EPA to update their analysis of the RFS’s impacts on greenhouse gas emissions so we welcome this review, as it will give the public a clearer picture of the climate benefits that ethanol is producing today” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “Lifecycle analyses conducted by the Department of Energy and others since the final RFS rule was implemented have shown that grain ethanol produced today reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent compared to fossil fuels — even when hypothetical land use emissions are taken into account. And, the EPA has recently approved nearly 50 petitions from grain ethanol producers for its efficient producer program, with each petition requiring careful lifecycle analysis based on actual production data. These results show that the RFS is doing what it was intended to do, and is a potent weapon in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”