NEW YORK , Sep 15re (Hfrance.fr) - POET, the largest producer of biofuels in the United States, said on Wednesday it is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions in its bioprocessing facilities by 2050, which makes it the latest company to commit to reducing its carbon footprint in the fight against climate change.
The Sioux Falls, Dakota-based company South, also said it would ensure its ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 70% compared to gasoline by 2030, up from around 46% today, a declared the company. Refiners and biofuel producers are grappling with producing fuel in the United States, the world's largest consumer of oil, which will be less harmful to the environment.
The effect of ethanol on carbon dioxide emissions depends on how the fuel is made and whetherits effect on land use is taken into account, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The Agriculture Ministry said in July that greenhouse gas emissions from corn-based ethanol are about 39% lower than from gasoline on an equivalent basis. energy.
POET has several ways to achieve its goals, including carbon sequestration and the use of biomass and methane digestion for help power plant operations, said Jeff Broin, chief executive.
"The cars that are produced and sold today will be on the road for almost 20 years, "Broin said." We are going to have a significant volume of gasoline for our vehicles for decades to come, and on top of that we have fuel for trucks, airplanes, ships, which must all be low carbondo in the future. "
Governments must offer more incentives to help businesses meet climate targets, Broin said, as a means to encourage the sector to use agricultural waste for the production of electricity.
POET operates 33 facilities in eight states. At full capacity, it produces 3 billion gallons of ethanol, 14 billion pounds of dried distillers' grains and 975 million pounds of corn oil per year. Report by Stephanie Kelly; Edited by Aurora Ellis
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