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
"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.