Global Renewable Fuels Alliance

Economic Opportunities for Developing Countries

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Food vs. Fuel



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How the Price of Oil Impacts the Price of Food

Data Source: IMF - Primary Commodities Prices
Graph: (S&T)2 Consultants Inc.

Reducing GHGs Year Over Year

2009 – Global GHG Emission Reductions from Ethanol was over 86 Million Tonnes

• World ethanol production in 2009 reduced global GHG emissions by over 86 million tonnes.
• World ethanol production in 2009 was over 73 billion litres and its GHG emission reductions of 86.2 million tonnes are approximately the same as the total GHG emissions reported for Portugal, or more than the emissions reported for Belarus in 2005.

2010 – Global GHG Emission Reductions from Ethanol was Over 100 Million Tonnes

• World ethanol production of over 85 billion litres in 2010 reduced GHG emissions by over 100 million tonnes.
• This is equivalent to a GHG reduction of more than 273,000 tonnes per day.
GHG emission reductions of over 100 million tonnes represents the equivalent of over 20 million cars being taken off the road or more than the combined total GHG emissions of Uruguay and Switzerland in 2005.

2011 – Global GHG Emission Reductions from Ethanol was Over 99 Million Tonnes

• World ethanol production held steady in 2011 at over 84 billion litres, which reduced global GHG emissions by over 99 million tonnes.
• World ethanol production in 2011 replaced the need for more than 2 million barrels of crude oil per day that would have otherwise created well over 600,000 tonnes of GHG emissions daily.

2012 – Global GHG Emission Reductions from Ethanol was Over 98 Million Tonnes

• World ethanol production in 2012 of over 83 billion litres and again reduced global GHG emissions by close to 100 million tonnes per year.
GHG emission reductions of just over 98 million tonnes are the equivalent of approximately 19.7 million cars being taken off the road.
• This is comparable to the number of vehicles registered in Mexico or the total GHG emissions of Libya and Tunisa put together in 2005.