US airlines back ethanol industry position on aviation fuel credit

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Corn is loaded into a truck to be transported for ethanol production in Kelley, Iowa, U.S., January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

The Inflation Reduction Act, President Joe Biden’s signature climate law, requires SAF producers to use an emissions model developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), or a”similar methodology”, to show their fuel cuts emissions over gasoline by 50% to secure the subsidies.

Environmental groups argue, however, that the GREET model underestimates ethanol’s emissions, particularly those associated with clearing land to grow the crops required to make ethanol. The letter comes the same day Biden and his administration kick off a two-week focus on rural America, starting with a visit to Minnesota on Wednesday.

The USDA said in September that it updating the GREET model to ensure that ethanol is eligible as an SAF feedstock.Comment Guidelines

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