Decarbonization investments secure a future for ethanol and corn demand and bridge the transition from petroleum dependency to EVs while ethanol as a liquid fuel remains a competitive, low-carbon energy source.
Ethanol is the only low-carbon fuel on the planet that fights climate change throughout its entire lifecycle, including a 47% decrease in GHG and tailpipe emissions. That means the industry is already halfway there in offsetting CO₂ emissions released during ethanol production.
CCS is vital to ensuring long-term competitiveness in the ethanol industry, which utilizes more than half of all the corn grown in our state; supports 6,200 full-time Nebraska jobs; and is a key driver in significantly decarbonizing the ethanol industry.
With improved technology, including CCS and CCS&U, ethanol will be the only net-zero fuel available by the end of the decade. Nebraska is one of a handful of states with the opportunity, geologically, to capture carbon released during production. This can then be used as a co-product or stored safely in the Earth – significantly reducing the industry’s carbon footprint.
Nearly every ethanol plant across Nebraska has formally joined one of the proposed CCS projects, and, thousands of landowners across the Midwest are embracing these projects.