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World Ethanol Associations Issue Statement on the Necessity of a Robust Global Ethanol Industry

In conjunction with F.O. LICHT´S World Ethanol 2007 conference being held in Amsterdam this week, the leading ethanol production and trade associations from the US, Canada, Europe and Brazil issued a joint statement about the necessity of a robust global ethanol industry.

Issuing the statement were:

  • Gordon Quaiattini, President, Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, Canada

  • Robert Vierhout, Secretary General, European Bioethanol Fuel Association (eBIO), European Union

  • Bob Dinneen, President, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), United States

  • Marcos Jank, President, Sugar Cane Industry Association (UNICA), Brazil

Renewable fuels must be a central component of a global strategy to lessen reliance on fossil fuels, to mitigate the impacts of global climate change, and to provide real economic opportunity for rural residents in every country on Earth.

First-generation biofuels are coming under increasing scrutiny and criticism in terms of their sustainability and contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions on a full life-cycle basis.


Harvey D

Feeding our 6000 lbs gas guzzlers with corn ethanol is not justifiable nor sustainable.

There are many other more sustainable ways to take the kids to school, go shopping or drive around.

One Canadian province has announced yesterday that the sole existing corn ethanol plant on its territory will be the last one allowed. All future ethanol plants will have to be cellulosic type using non-food feed stocks.

Better yet, our non-sense 10-12 mpg gas guzzlers should be phased out (soonest) and replaced with HEVs and/or 100 mph PHEVs to drastically reduce liquid fuel consumption. All huge V-8 city cabs gas guzzlers should also be phased out (very quickly) and replaced with HEVs or PHEVs to reduce GHG and liquid fuel consumption.

Switching from fossil liquid fuel to agrofuel without major consumption reduction is not sustainable nor equitable. The impact on food availability and price will create major hardship for lower income families. Promoters of such non-sense (corn ethanol) are misleading the public.


The World Ethanol Association thinks a global ethanol industry is necessary. I can't really imagine them saying otherwise.
I think the world would be better off developing less resource intensive energy solutions.


Corn based ethanol will soon be a thing of the past and you can all stop crowing on and on about food vs fuel.Corn ethanol cannot compete against ethanol made from waste.Cellulosic ethanol is good for those of us that cant afford to go out and buy a PHEV.Lowering the oil consumption of poor people is important because of the scale.Ethanol allows us to use our current car and use much less gas.Also not everybody has access to an electric outlet where we keep our car.


Remind me?
How is Cellulosic Ethanol sustainable?

Why is soil mining any less sustainable than any other type of mining?

Photosynthesis doesn't get to bypass the laws of thermodynamics. At MAXIMUM we're talking 11% solar efficiency. At realistic maximum, we're talking 6% solar efficiency. And in the US/UK/China/India lattitudes, we're talking half the sunlight per year as the Tropics. And the energy lost from turning into a liquid, and then transporting it, and then burning it in a conventional engine is about 95%.

Therefore we support changing our fuels AND NOT our cars!


Lets see if this argument sounds familiar.
Substitute BioFuels for Coal-to-Liquids.

We need to do COAL-TO-LIQUID right now, even though it's an ecological nightmare! But some time in the future we might change that. But we have to do these horrible fuels first to build up a market, and we promise that we might think about changing things later. But uhg, you gotta give us the money to do all the research for that as well.


Remind me, how are biofuels NOT a diversion rigged up by oil/auto/politicians merely to maintain the status quo?

Remember, oil companies are not neccisarily oil drilling companies. They are liquid fuel distributors.


Canadians are making a smart choice to go cellulosic sooner than later. When the corn gets too expensive Canadians will have non-food sourced ethanol.


I wonder how much "cellulosic" GHG they put into the atmosphere while formulating that statement in AMSTERDAM??

tom deplume

"Mined" soil can be regenerated in only 3-5 years by using organic methods.


Full text of the statement:

“Renewable fuels must be a central component of a global strategy to lessen reliance on fossil fuels, to mitigate the
impacts of global climate change, and to provide real economic opportunity for rural residents in every country on
“First, as oil prices soar to US$100 per barrel and declining petroleum reserves become ever more costly to extract,
it is vital that we move quickly to expand the production and availability of biofuels such as ethanol. A renewable
biofuel, ethanol contributes to global fuel diversity and security, particularly when considering that the current
alternatives are fossil fuels from the wartorn
Middle East and other dangerous regions of the world.”
“Second, today’s global ethanol industry is contributing to a more sustainable energy future unlike any other fuel in
history. The use of renewable fuels such as ethanol significantly reduces the emissions of greenhouse gases and
other pollutants that lead to global warming.
“Third, ethanol will continue to create economic opportunity for farmers in developed and developing countries and
who are often most affected by low world agricultural prices. Enhanced rural development means improved income,
less pressure on urban areas, and greater opportunities to the world’s poorest who often pay the greatest penalty for
high energy prices.
“The success achieved by the world’s ethanol industry is in and of itself a good story. But the narrative does not
stop here. The rapid evolution of the world ethanol industry is quickly yielding new technologies that are improving
production efficiencies at existing biorefineries and introducing diverse new feedstocks such as grasses, bagasse,
straw, wood chips and other biomass into the ethanol and bioelectricity
generation production process. By
continuing to work together and sharing ideas, these new technologies promise not only to increase ethanol
production where it already exists but to make the benefits of ethanol production available in more countries.
“Together with the world’s farmers and entrepreneurs, we can continue to feed as well as begin renewably fueling
“Through cooperation and technology, we can responsibly and sustainably increase the production and use of
renewable fuels and encourage others to take the essential first steps toward a more secure and stable energy and

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