Study: Shifting to E15 Would Cut Carbon Pollution in Iowa
March 27, 2015 - Issue #206View Full Issue
A new Fuels America study shows Iowans could cut 220,821 tons of carbon pollution by switching to E15, a fuel blend containing 15% ethanol.
“The analysis shows that if consumers in Iowa had access to and chose to fill up with E15 gasoline, emissions of carbon dioxide pollution across the state would be reduced,” stated Fuels America.
The environmental impact would be the equivalent of removing 48,489 passenger vehicles from Iowa’s roads every year.
The report looked at the environmental impact of Iowa motorists switching the 1.5 billion gallons of gasoline they purchase annually to E15. Most gasoline purchased in Iowa is a 10 percent ethanol blend, or E10. Stefen Mueller, a research economist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, provided the analysis.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), transportation creates 32 percent of the carbon pollution that contributes to greenhouse gas and climate change. The agency says human activities have contributed substantially to climate change by adding carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere.
Additionally, the report looked at the environmental impact of switching to E15 gasoline in six other states, including Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. The total annual carbon savings would be 3.4 million tons.
To read the entire study, please click here.