The newly formed American Carbon Alliance (ACA) said earlier this week that the nation’s three most prominent ethanol organizations — the American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, and the Renewable Fuels Association — have joined the coalition.
The goal of the alliance is to bring attention to the benefits that carbon capture technology can have on rural communities in particular, and on the U.S. economy and the ethanol industry in general.
“These three powerhouse organizations are a force when it comes to leading the charge for America’s farmers, producers, corn growers, and ethanol plants,” ACA’s chief executive Tom Buis said in a comment.
According to Brian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol, carbon capture provides a unique opportunity for the ethanol industry to reach both net-zero and net-negative emissions.
Emily Skor, Growth Energy’s CEO, highlighted the growing demand for more low-carbon fuels, especially in the aviation industry, which urges U.S. ethanol producers to deliver low-carbon options, both for road and air transport.
Geoff Cooper, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, said that they were excited to partner with the new alliance and its members to bring attention to carbon capture technology and its potential to contribute to the decarbonization efforts of the ethanol industry.
ACA was launched at the beginning of July and is led by Tom Buis, former chief executive of Growth Energy and President of the National Farmers Union, as CEO, Rep. Collin Peterson, former Minnesota Congressman who chaired the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, as Senior Advisor, and Nick Ryan, Iowa businessman, also as Senior Advisor.
In an interview for the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network on Thursday, Buis said the alliance partners understand that when it comes to carbon capture the main concern is over pipeline safety and land rights, but developers can look to the safety records of already existing pipelines all over the country.