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USGC: Carbon reduction front and center at biofuels summit in Korea

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By U.S. Grains Council

August 03, 2023

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U.S. Grains Council leaders, Chairman Josh Miller and President and CEO Ryan LeGrand, traveled to Seoul, South Korea, in July for the 2023 Role of EcoFriendly Fuels in Realizing 2050 Carbon Neutrality symposium.

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Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Pete Ricketts, R-Neb., on July 27 introduced the Flex Fuel Fairness Act, a bill that aims to provide meaningful incentives for automakers to manufacture FFVs in addition to battery electric vehicles.

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This summer, the U.S. Grains Council participated in the Pan American Conference on Biofuels held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a special focus on the opportunities for expansion of consumption and production of liquid biofuels in the region.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production was up 2 percent the week ending July 21, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on July 26. Stocks of fuel ethanol were up slightly while exports were unchanged from the previous week.

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The Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam Petroleum Association and the U.S. Grains Council jointly organized the first iteration of Decarbonize Asia: Vietnam Biofuels Forum to discuss technical, commercial and environmental considerations for the expansion of fuel ethanol use in the country.

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Renewable Fuels Association has unveiled its 2022 Ford Escape plug-in hybrid electric flex-fuel vehicle—the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

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Vietnam has lowered Most-Favored-Nation tariff rates on ethanol from 15 percent to 10 percent, according to a report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network.

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State-owned Indonesian energy company Pertamina is launching a new gasoline product containing 5 percent ethanol this summer, according to a report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network.

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The U.S. exported 113.19 million gallons of ethanol and 958,386 metric tons of distillers grains in May, according to data released by the USDA FAS on July 6. Ethanol exports were down, while distillers grains exports were up.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data showing sugarcane processing was up during the first half of June. Ethanol production and sales were also up during the two-week period.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production for the week ending June 23 was unchanged from the previous week, according to data released by the U.S. EIA on June 28. Ethanol stocks were up 1 percent while exports were up nearly 20 percent.

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To provide timely U.S. grains information to Chinese end users, the U.S. Grains Council’s Beijing office joined the U.S. pavilion at the 2022/23 China Animal Husbandry Expo to promote U.S. corn, sorghum and DDGS.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a in-person meeting on June 27 in Washington, D.C.

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The ethanol industry has a role to play in the emerging SAF indsutry through both ethanol-to-jet technologies and the supply of distillers corn oil feedstock.

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D.C. Developments

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By Brian Jennings

June 19, 2023

The American Coalition for Ethanol mobilized 60 grassroots leaders, including ethanol producers, corn growers and retailers, for its fly-in and government affairs summit in Washington, D.C., earlier this year.

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Despite federal support for electric vehicles (EVs), lower-carbon biofuels will remain vital to decarbonizing transportation for decades to come.

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The Canadian Clean Fuel Regulations come into force this July. The new CFR is similar to existing low carbon fuel standards.

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The Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act of 2023 aims to allow year-round sales of E15 nationwide.

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The USGC's Southeast Asia and Oceania office recently participated in two simultaneous renewable fuels events in Australia and Thailand, giving presentations and partaking in panel discussions on renewable fuels and ethanol.

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In May, the USGC's ethanol team traveled to Toronto, Canada, to emphasize the significance of maintaining both the federal level policy, Clean Fuel Regulations, and Ontario’s existing provincial level E15 mandate.

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The U.S. exported 125.69 million gallons of ethanol and 777,617 metric tons of distillers grains in April, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on June 7. Exports of both products were down.

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In late May, the USGC's bioethanol team hosted a mission to Brussels, Belgium, and then traveled from there to Leipzig, Germany, for the International Transport Forum’s (ITF) 2023 Summit, where the Council was a sponsor.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production expanded by 3 percent and reached a six-month high the week ending June 2, according to data released by the U.S. EIA on June 7. Ethanol stocks were also up by approximately 3 percent. Exports were up significantly.

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A newly released, peer-reviewed study from the University of California, Riverside, shows that the E15 ethanol blend provides notable emissions reductions compared to California’s regular reformulated gasoline.

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The USDA on May 31 released its latest quarterly outlook for U.S. agricultural trade, reporting that the agency’s forecast for FY 2023 ethanol exports remains unchanged at $3.6 billion. If realized, that value will be the second highest on record.

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On May 31, 21 members of the House, led by Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai urging her to protect U.S. farmers and biofuel producers and prioritize U.S. ethanol export competitiveness in Brazil.

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In late May, the USGC's Europe, Middle East and Africa regional office wrapped up two buyers and sellers conferences – in Dakar, Senegal, then in Lisbon, Portugal. Information on DDGS was shared during the events.

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CropEnergies on May 24 announced it achieved record revenues during the 2022-’23 financial year, the 12-months ended Feb. 28. The company attributed the record high results to improved sales prices for all product segments, particularly ethanol.

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The European Commission on May 23 announced it has closed its antitrust investigation into Belgium-based Alcogroup S.A. and its subsidiary Alcodis S.A. related to their alleged participation in an ethanol benchmarks cartel.

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With drivers expected to hit the roads in near pre-pandemic numbers this Memorial Day weekend, Growth Energy is urging travelers to fill up with Unleaded 88 to save to save money at the pump and reduce their emissions over the holiday.

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