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ABFA Applauds Timely Release of Proposed 2018 RVOs  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Washington, D.C. – The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) applauds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the timely release of its proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) standards and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2019.

“EPA’s commitment to timely release of the 2018 RVOs is a strong signal of the Administration’s support of and commitment to the RFS,” said Michael McAdams, President of ABFA. “The single most important policy driver for the advanced and cellulosic biofuels industries is the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), and today’s release puts us on track for the 2018 RVOs to be completed by the statutory deadline of November 30.”

“While we are disappointed to see a reduction for advanced biofuels, ABFA has long supported EPA’s efforts to match the RVO standards with actual production, especially in the cellulosic pool. However, we are frustrated that some in the industry are hoping to use the RFS to eliminate international competition. Whether supplied domestically or internationally, the increased blending of these advanced biofuels remains critical for U.S. emissions reductions. Only advanced biofuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% compared to today’s gasoline and diesel fuels,” continued McAdams. “We look forward to submitting comments to EPA as these RVOs are finalized.”

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