Kelley Drye Submits Comments to EPA on Behalf of Low Carbon Synthetic Fuels Association
September 28, 2009
New Low Carbon Synthetic Fuels Association (LCSFA) Forms;
Urges EPA to Promote the Cleanest Renewable Fuels Compatible with Existing Fuels Infrastructure

Advanced biofuel producers announced the formation of the Low Carbon Synthetic Fuels Association (LCSFA), with members including TRI, Rentech Inc., Velocys, CHOREN, Flambeau River Biofuels/Johnson Timber, AP Fuels and World GTL.  The LCSFA was formed to address existing legislative and regulatory inequities that have slowed or even hindered the development of advanced biofuels. To date, federal programs have resulted in incentives that do not necessarily promote or reward the best performing and most environmentally friendly fuels. 

Specifically, the LCSFA represents the Biomass-to-Liquids (BtL) industry.  One of the cleanest and most proven advanced biofuels, BtL is produced through the gasification of renewable biomass and the subsequent conversion of the gasified biomass using the Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) synthesis process.  The renewable fuels produced are predominantly synthetic diesel and jet fuel, which are nearly identical to current crude oil-derived fuels, although significantly cleaner.

BtL fuels rely on an established synthesis technology (F-T) which can be brought to market quickly, unlike many other advanced biofuels, which remain in the research and development or "pre-commercial" stages.  BtL fuels can be produced from abundant, non-food organic materials such as wood waste from urban recycling programs, paper mills or forestry residues, without increasing land use. Moreover, BtL fuels are fully compatible with the existing fuels infrastructure, enhance engine performance, and reduce emissions. 

"We look forward to advanced biofuels mandated by Congress that will ensure the safe use and performance of the more than 400 million engine products in use today.  LCSFA members may offer a viable solution to achieving national renewable fuel mandates," said Kris Kiser, Executive VP of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and Spokesperson for AllSAFE, a national manufacturing coalition of major onroad and nonroad engine, vehicle, and equipment manufacturers whose members' products consume gasoline, diesel, and the variety of biofuels that are blended with those conventional fuels.

Through the LCSFA, participants along the whole value chain (from biomass feedstock producers, gasification and F-T technology providers, and project developers, to consumers of the product and manufacturers of affected engines, vehicles and equipment) can speak with one voice to achieve needed improvements and incentives.

On September 25, the LCSFA urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its comments to promote clean, renewable advanced biofuels that improve air quality, reduce GHG emissions, and are compatible with the existing engines, equipment and fuels infrastructure.  This week, the EPA will begin considering comments on its "Changes to Renewable Fuel Standard Program" ("RFS2 Proposal"). The LCSFA's comments are endorsed by a range of partners including Auburn University, Audi America, Chemrec AB, Mercedes Benz USA, Pacific Renewable Fuels, Renewable Energy Institute International, and Volkswagen.

"A well constructed renewable fuels standard that rewards fuels for their quality, performance and ability to reduce emissions will clearly be helpful to the growth of BtL fuels," said Doug Miller, Executive Vice President, Renewable Energy Businesses for Rentech Inc.  

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