Red Trail Energy Becomes First Ethanol Plant To Generate Carbon Credits

Red Trail Energy Becomes First Ethanol Plant To Generate Carbon Credits - Carbon Herald

Red Trail Energy LLC has just become the first ethanol production facility to generate carbon removal credits and enter the voluntary carbon market (VCM).

Furthermore, the project is currently also the largest durable carbon removal project registered under the Puro Standard. 

The credits or CO2 Removal Certificates (CORCs) were the result of the collaborative efforts with clean energy advisory firm EcoEngineers and Puro.earth, which is a global leader in crediting engineered carbon removal projects.

Namely, the project registered by Red Trail Energy is an ethanol production plant equipped with a bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) facility and is compliant with Puro’s Geologically Stored Carbon Methodology.

The CO2 is sequestered from the fermentation process and is injected into a permitted underground Class VI well, which is located directly beneath Red Trail Energy’s ethanol plant, for permanent storage.

Jodi Johnson, CEO of Red Trail Energy, said: “We have not only achieved a groundbreaking milestone as one of the first bioenergy facilities with BECCS but have also emerged as pioneers in bringing verified CDR credits to the market.”

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“This program strengthens our position in the ethanol industry and sets a new standard for sustainability and innovation, driving positive change and demonstrating the viability of proactive environmental stewardship within our industry,” Johnson concluded.

Since the launch of the BECCS facility, which was 14 months ago, Red Trail Energy has issued a total of 150,000 carbon removal credits.

Through Puro.earth and with EcoEngineers’ guidance, RTE was issued more than 150,000 CO2 Removal Certificates from the first 14 months of BECCS operation. 

Antti Vihavainen, CEO of Puro.earth, said, “This is the largest durable carbon removal credit issuance to date in the VCM, marking a monumental milestone toward scaling CDR to climate-relevant levels”.

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