American Carbon Alliance Supportive of Sustainable Aviation Fuels Accuracy Act
URBANDALE, Iowa (June 20, 2023) – The Sustainable Aviation Fuels Accuracy Act, which was introduced last week to identify the standards required to meet the definition of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is an important next step for farmers and ethanol producers.
The aviation industry demands over 100 billion gallons of jet fuel annually, and that number is only expected to grow. The ethanol industry is uniquely situated to help meet the airline industry’s SAF goals, but to do so it will require ethanol producers to be able to utilize carbon capture technologies.
“As we look at ways to grow our rural communities, bring new opportunities for farmers, and develop technologies that make our planet cleaner, broadening sustainable aviation fuel use is the future,” said Tom Buis, CEO of the American Carbon Alliance. “To obtain SAF with a low carbon index score carbon capture and sequestration will be the lynchpin. Our coalition looks forward to working together for a more sustainable future.”
There are currently three carbon capture pipelines in various stages of development that would allow over 60 Midwest ethanol plants the ability to capture and sequester their carbon emissions, allowing them to produce low carbon ethanol. The federal government estimates that over 60,000 miles of carbon capture pipelines will be needed to help it reach emissions reductions goals and the Midwest carbon capture pipelines total around 3,000 miles of new critical infrastructure.
The bill was introduced by Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
“The ACA wants to thank these senators for bringing forth bipartisan legislation that will pave the way for America’s farmers to develop a new market for their clean products. This will mean tremendous economic opportunities for farmers and producers,” said Rep. Collin Peterson, Senior Advisor to the American Carbon Alliance. “It is agriculture that will continue to lead the way on reducing emissions and making our country energy independent.”
The American Carbon Alliance (ACA) is formed to be one unified voice for carbon capture pipelines, ethanol producers, landowners, farmers, construction trade workers and citizens that embrace this new energy future for America. Working together, this alliance will strengthen America’s agricultural economy, ensure a future marketplace for American produced liquid fuel and improve the environment for all.