USGC: Ethanol Can Improve China’s Air, Water Quality
(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine) A U.S. Grains Council mission including U.S. environmental and public health specialists recently traveled to China to discuss how air and water quality in that country could be improved through the use of ethanol in the country’s fuel.
“China already has a 10 percent mandatory blend rate for gasoline in specified markets,” said USGC Manager of Ethanol Export Promotion Programs Ashley Kongs. “But there are many large cities and regions seeking to improve air and ground-water quality that are not yet using E10 fuel.”
To increase awareness of the favorable air and water quality aspects of using ethanol as a fuel oxygenate, the council organized a series of seminars and meetings with national and provincial energy officials, key ethanol producers, environmental protection officials and researchers on vehicle emission.
Mission participants made presentations outlining how the United States significantly improved air quality while maintaining economic growth and expansion of automobile transportation with the use of ethanol as an oxygenate in gasoline. Since roughly half of aggregate air pollution in the United States comes from motor vehicles, reformulated gasoline played a key role in these improvements.
The presentations also explained the environmental reasons that have made ethanol the preferred oxygenate in the United States, as the primary alternative oxygenate, methyl tert-butyl ether (MBTE), has the potential to contaminate ground water. READ MORE