It’s a fact: Burning Fossil Carbon Sources Generates Increased GHG’s
It all starts with the soil. Healthy soil enables renewable, sustainable, carbon raw materials. Around our plant in Luverne, MN did you know that soil carbon is increasing as farmers use sustainable farming practices? Carbon is building in the soil, while crops are being produced at the farms. We’d like to see a business system that links and rewards farmers for improving sustainability of growing crops and improving the land and ecosystems. What will it take? It takes a business system that values sustainability throughout the whole supply chain. Gevo has the potential to make the connections happen and accelerate sustainable development of and growth of growing raw materials to displace petro-based carbon.
Understanding the Carbon Cycle
When fossil-based oil, coal, natural gas, or plastics are the raw material, GHG increases. That is fact. When renewable carbon, CO2 from the atmosphere, is a raw material, it’s possible to balance or even reverse GHG emissions across the carbon cycle by efficient production and carbon capture via sustainable farming. For example, using sustainable, non-food corn as the feedstock, it’s possible to capture roughly 0.8 – 4.0 kg CO2 in the soil for every gallon of jet fuel produced. As we change our energy sources from fossil based to renewable, it is possible to eliminate or even have negative CO2 emissions across the cycle. Let’s change the cycle. Let’s change what is possible.
The Carbon Source is Critical to Reducing GHG Emissions
Decarbonization: Can it be done? How to Think About It:
Reference: CDIAC/NOAA-ESRL/GCP Carbon Budget
Using Local Soil as a Carbon Storehouse
Increasing carbon sunk into soils has to be done not only to offset fossil fuels, but also to increase feed and food production for our growing global population.
We have the potential to store, in the Earth’s soil, an additional 1 billion to 3 billion tons of carbon annually. That’s equivalent to roughly 3.5 billion to 11 billion tons of CO2 emissions.
The vast majority of biomass for our Gevo ATJ comes from resources that are using reduced/no-till techniques that build soil organic carbon (SOC).