In a significant move for the U.S. ethanol industry, major associations, including the U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, and the Renewable Fuels Association, are advocating for a significant shift in the carbon scoring of aviation fuels.
They believe the adoption of the Department of Energy's (DOE) GREET model will be far more effective than the currently used CORSIA model, especially for corn-based ethanol sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
This proposal comes at a pivotal time. The global aviation sector is rapidly advancing efforts to reduce its carbon emissions.
Sustainable aviation fuels are a primary focus, offering a cleaner alternative to conventional jet fuels.
In their joint letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, these associations asserted the superiority of the GREET model.
They emphasized that it employs the most recent information and high-resolution data.
This data pertains to energy consumption, carbon emissions, and even potential land use ramifications linked to the corn ethanol based SAF production process.
The crux of the argument lies in the benefits of using the GREET model. By adopting this model, the Treasury Department can tap into the immense potential of agriculture.
This not only meets the escalating demands of global aviation but also paves the way for a greener future by minimizing carbon footprints.
It's evident that the industry's main players are united in their vision for a sustainable aviation future. They're urging national decision-makers to recognize the advantages of newer, more accurate carbon scoring methods.
If this push gains momentum, it could signify a major leap towards environmentally friendly aviation practices in the USA.