The Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced late yesterday that it has finalized its RFS-2 rule which will pave the way for increased use of corn-based ethanol in meeting the nation’s goal of 36 billion gallons of Renewable Fuel by 2022.
The new rule is a reversal of previous EPA studies which have found that due to land use issues, corn based ethanol would fail to meet the 20 percent threshold in greenhouse gas reductions, limiting its future use as a renewable fuel.
The announcement was made at a joint press conference highlighting the Obama Administration’s plan for the development of sustainable biofuels following a meeting with the President. Participants also included the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture and Energy.
In the RFS-2 Rule, EPA examined numerous renewable fuels to ensure that they achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions – compared to the gasoline and diesel fuels they displace – in order to be counted towards compliance with volume standards. EPA found that “ethanol produced from corn starch at a new natural gas, biomass, or biogas fired facility using advanced efficient technologies, will meet the 20 percent GHG emission reduction threshold compared to the 2005 gasoline baseline.”
To see a copy of RFS 2,