TORONTO – April 1, 2009 – A new report commissioned by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 39 underscores the importance of ethanol in global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. The extensive research paper examined greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from grain ethanol since 1995 and projected GHG reductions from ethanol out to 2015. The report concluded that GHG reductions will grow by over 100% from 1995 to 2015.
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The research also found ethanol’s energy balance continues to improve as well. For 2005, grain ethanol’s energy balance ratio was estimated at 1:1.42, meaning every unit of energy used to produce ethanol returned 1.42 units of usable energy to the consumer. By 2015, the energy balance ratio is expected to be 1:1.93, a 55% increase in energy efficiency in just 10 years. Both the GHG performance and energy balance of ethanol will continue to improve, standing in stark contrast to the profile of gasoline and petroleum which will get worse.