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Ethanol Summit Of The Americas Enlivens Discussions Of Global Ethanol Use

October 19, 2017

Industry and government officials from more than 15 countries in the Western Hemisphere are meeting this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Americas to discuss current and future opportunities for ethanol in the region.

The event is underway until Friday in Houston sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. These organizations and others in the U.S. agriculture and renewable fuels industries work together to promote the global use of ethanol and U.S. ethanol exports. 

The Summit is bringing together recognized scientists and ethanol experts to engage with policymakers and provide information on the economic and environmental benefits of ethanol-blended fuel. The Summit has also served as a launching point for expanded regional engagement markets in the Caribbean, Central America and South America. 

“Increasing cooperation between ethanol industries supports economic growth for all countries involved,” said Tom Sleight, USGC president and chief executive officer. “Collaborative efforts like the meetings this week enable a greater understanding of the policy climate surrounding ethanol and help pave the way for expanded ethanol use throughout the region.” 

The Summit is highlighting the use of ethanol in transportation fuels to help meet a number of economic and environmental challenges, including improving air quality, extending the current fuel supply and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

“The United States is the world’s top ethanol exporter, providing countries around the globe with an alternative to toxic gasoline additives and helping to reduce air pollution,” Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said.

“Removing unnecessary barriers that impede free trade of ethanol and DDGS will not only benefit consumers in the United States but throughout the world. Growth Energy is committed to creating thriving markets for ethanol beyond our borders and helping other nations adopt biofuels into their fuel supply.”

The two-day conference also includes technical presentations on ethanol-related policies, infrastructure and use in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and Paraguay. The Summit has highlighted the release of new research on the environmental benefits of blending ethanol into gasoline as well as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ethanol roadmap, the economics of octane and how global ethanol shares prosperity through trade. 

“This event is well-timed because dialogue and improved relationships among the hemisphere’s ethanol leadership is desperately needed right now to stem the growing scourge of protectionism that will only thwart our united efforts to expand this important industry and address pressing regional energy and environmental priorities,” said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen. 

“If we are ever to develop meaningful world markets capable of helping nations across the globe confront climate change, rural economic opportunity, and energy security, we need to empower free and fair trade amongst biofuel producing nations, not erecting tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade. No successful global industry was ever built on protectionism."

The U.S. ethanol industry’s efforts, including conferences like the Ethanol Summit of the Americas, are helping successfully establish the United States as a reliable and affordable source of fuel. 

The United States set an all-time high for ethanol exports in the 2016/2017 marketing year at 1.37 billion gallons (488 million bushels in corn equivalent), exceeding the previous record set in 2011/2012.

“Ethanol is a renewable fuel – cleaner-burning, high performing, affordable and homegrown from our corn fields,” said Iowa Corn Exports and The Grain Trade Committee Chair Greg Alber, a farmer from Independence, Iowa. “The best way to enhance farmer profitability is to create new demand for corn through value-added products such as ethanol. Building demand for ethanol creates additional markets both domestically and internationally for our corn.”


About the Renewable Fuels Association

The Renewable Fuels Association is the leading trade association for America’s ethanol industry. Its mission is to advance the development, production, and use of ethanol fuel by strengthening America’s ethanol industry and raising awareness about the benefits of renewable fuels. RFA’s members are working to help America become cleaner, safer, more energy independent and economically secure. For more information, visit EthanolRFA.org.

About Growth Energy

Growth Energy represents producers and supporters of ethanol working to bring consumers better choices at the fuel pump, grow America’s economy and improve the environment for future generations. Our organization’s national campaign – online at www.GetEthanol.com – serves as the leading source of information for consumers seeking cleaner, more affordable fueling options. For more information on our organization, visit us at www.GrowthEnergy.org, follow us on Twitter @GrowthEnergy, or connect with us on Facebook.

About the U.S. Grains Council

The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, grain sorghum and related products. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture's profitability. Detailed information about the Council and its programs is contained on its website www.grains.org.

About the Iowa Corn Promotion Board

The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB), works to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. For more information, visit iowacorn.org




Rachel Gantz

Communications Director

Renewable Fuels Association

(202) 289-3835



Chris Hogan

Director, Communications

Growth Energy

(202) 545-4000



Melissa Kessler

Director of Communications

U.S. Grains Council

(202) 492-3433



Lisa Cassady

Public Relations Manager

Iowa Corn

(515) 225- 9242



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