Biofuels Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

We are dedicated to delivering low-carbon sustainable fuels and chemicals. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that causes our planet to warm when it reaches high levels in our atmosphere. It is also our renewable carbon source.

Using Carbon of Today for a Brighter Tomorrow

We use the carbon in the atmosphere to make renewable alternatives for non-sustainable, greenhouse-gas-generating fossil fuels. How do we do that? That’s the easy part, since we’re using nature’s systems to help reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere. Growing plants remove carbon from the atmosphere as part of photosynthesis, and in turn they create the starches we need to make biofuels.

Next-Generation Biofuel Technology

This is not new technology—in fact Henry Ford developed his cars to be able to run on ethanol, an industrial alcohol made through fermentation. But as much as it is the same, Gevo’s proprietary processes make it far different. Thanks to leaps ahead in synthetic biology and industrial chemistry, our technologies make it possible to have biofuel that can do the things that our modern world needs.

Biofuel Examples:

Here is a list of the biofuels Gevo makes (check back often because we’re always looking at new and better ways to offset carbon in the atmosphere):

  • Sustainable aviation fuel replaces petro-based jet fuel, reducing the carbon footprint of air transport.
  • Renewable isooctane replaces high-octane gasoline for performance cars and motorsports.
  • Renewable isobutanol blendstock for gasoline. Isobutanol is an oxygenate that improves the octane levels of the fuel with which it’s mixed.
  • Renewable biodiesel meets 2020 standards for reduced sulfur levels for marine applications in ports around the world, and also has the benefits of no particulates and reduced CO2.

The Added Benefits of Biofuel Production

The added benefits to Gevo’s proprietary biofuel production techniques include:

  • Helping farmers to sequester more carbon in the soil of their fields. Encouraged by Gevo they use sustainable farming techniques such as no-till and low-till methods that capture carbon in the soil (carbon that the plants removed from the atmosphere) and keep it there.
  • Making high-protein animal feed as a co-product. As a result of the process used to create isobutanol, the protein from the corn is captured and turned into animal feed that makes the livestock healthier.