EPA opens comment period on sugar beet GHG analysis

By Erin Voegele | July 27, 2017

The U.S. EPA has opened a comment period on its analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of sugar beets for use in making biofuels.

The EPA’s analysis considers a scenario in which non-cellulosic sugar beet sugar is extracted for conversion to biofuel and the remaining beet pulp coproduct is used as animal feed. Based on its analysis, the agency said it anticipates biofuels produced from sugar beet feedstock could qualify as either renewable fuel or advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard, depending on the type and efficiency of process used to produce the biofuel.

According to EPA’s analysis, facilities that produce no more than approximately 23 kgCO2e/mmBTu of ethanol would meet the 50 percent advanced biofuel GHG reduction threshold. This means the facility could generate D5 advanced biofuel RINs for the fuel. If a facility produces no more than 53 kgCO2e/mmBtu of ethanol, it would meet the 20 percent renewable fuel GHG reduction threshold. This means the facility could generate D6 renewable fuel RINs for the fuel produced.

Comments on the analysis must be filed before Aug. 25, and can be filed online under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0771 on www.Regulations.gov. Additional information, including a copy of the analysis, is available on the Federal Register website