U.S. EPA Releases Analysis of GHG Emissions from Sugar Beet-Based Biofuel Production and Transport for RFS2 Consideration

4 August 2017- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a draft analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions released from the production and transport of Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris (sugar beets) when used for the production of biofuels. EPA will use the findings of this analysis to determine whether or not it will allow biofuels, including sustainable alternative jet fuel, produced from sugar beets to earn Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2). The agency anticipates that biofuels produced with sugar beets as a feedstock could earn RINs in the future under RFS2, depending on the fuel production technology used. For a current list of approved pathways for renewable fuel, refer to the EPA Approved Pathways for Renewable Fuel webpage.

The EPA draft “Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and Transport of Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris (Sugar Beets) for Use in Biofuel Production” is currently open for public comment. Comments must be submitted before or on August 25, 2017, for consideration.

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