A Pledge and a Pathway to Net-Zero


In a July 2021 letter to President Joe Biden, Renewable Fuels Association members from across the country memorialized their commitment to ensuring ethanol achieves a net-zero carbon footprint, on average, by 2050 or sooner. Ethanol is already cutting greenhouse gas emissions by half compared to gasoline, the letter says, but “we can—and must—do more” to decarbonize transportation fuels and combat climate change in the decades ahead. The letter comes after RFA’s board of directors adopted a resolution outlining their carbon performance goals for 2030 and 2050.


Click here for information on our Pathways to Net-Zero Ethanol report, released in February 2022, which identifies five distinct pathways to net-zero corn ethanol by 2050, based on a set of 28 emissions reduction actions that were considered.


JUNE 2023 UPDATE ... RFA Sees Progress as Ethanol Industry Advances Toward Net-Zero Carbon Emissions


AUGUST 2023 UPDATE ... Inventory Underway of Best Practices from RFA Members





Letter to the President (July 2021) 


Initial RFA Announcement (July 2021)


Fact Sheet: Ethanol, a Low-Carbon Solution


Research on Ethanol and the Environment


Pathways to Net-Zero Ethanol (February 2022)


The Truth About Ethanol and Carbon Emissions (October 2022)


Progress Toward Net-Zero: A Survey of RFA Members (June 2023)