Panel to Explore Low Carbon Efforts at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

Contact: Jared Palmer



JOHNSTON, IOWA – Businesses and policy makers across the United States and around the world are looking to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Ethanol producers are working to meet this market demand. A cross section of experts will share their thoughts on the path to low carbon ethanol at the 2023 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit.


The Path to Low Carbon Ethanol panel is made up of economic, safety, and environmental experts. Panelists include:

  • Ernie Goss, Chair of Economics, Creighton University, will discuss the economic opportunities for low carbon ethanol.
  • John Thompson, Technology and Markets Director, Clean Air Task Force, will review the roll carbon sequestration plays in achieving CO2 goals.
  • Laith Amin, Carbon Capture Storage Team Lead, DNV, will discuss the latest safety advancements regarding carbon capture and sequestration.
  • David Kruse, Iowa landowner and chairman of Commstock Investments, will discuss the opportunity that carbon capture and sequestration presents land owners if they ask the right questions.
  • Moderator: Mike Jerke, CEO, Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy


“There is no doubt that the race to low carbon ethanol will create winners and losers among ethanol producers,” stated Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Today, Iowa ethanol has a competitive advantage, but we must keep up with market demands or we risk losing out. Carbon sequestration is coming. Iowa must be ready.”