Register today for the first-ever Global Ethanol Summit (GES), scheduled for Oct. 13-15, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
Organized by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the event will include participants from more than 40 countries, increasing global momentum for decarbonization and expanded ethanol use.
In addition to world-class speakers, the event also will offer an opportunity for U.S. ethanol sellers to meet with buyers from dozens of countries, linking policy development directly with trade.
“While countries across the globe actively search for ways to make meaningful emissions reductions, reduce healthcare costs and make significant foreign exchange savings by purchasing ethanol as a cost-competitive source of octane, the U.S. ethanol industry is working to expand the use of ethanol,” said Brian Healy, USGC director of global ethanol market development.
The summit will conclude with more than a dozen missions to U.S. corn states to educate participants on the production, consumption and logistics of using ethanol in the United States.
The ethanol industry hosted the Ethanol Summit of the Americas and the Ethanol Summit of the Asia-Pacific in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Those collaborations of high-level government officials and industry leaders generated further support by highlighting ethanol-use benefits, policy development processes and fostering collaboration across the Asia-Pacific and Western Hemisphere regions.
The Global Ethanol Summit ties in the European Union, Middle East and African markets to the other regions, as each has had their own experience in producing and consuming ethanol.
Several countries in Africa currently blend ethanol in fuel, like Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, while others predominately use the fuel for industrial uses, like Nigeria and Ghana, both of which produce ethanol from cassava. Egypt and Nigeria stand to accrue foreign exchange savings by importing ethanol and incorporating into their fuel supply. Several countries in the European Union have announced expansions to their current policies as the new Renewable Energy Directive II goes into place in 2020. And the Persian Gulf remains a strong importer of U.S. ethanol for use in pre-blended exports throughout the region.
“Like with the upcoming Summit, the U.S. industry is scaling up other global engagements to build out collaboration and expand the use of ethanol,” Healy said. “While the benefits of ethanol are evident within the U.S. industry, misinformation and misperceptions exist in some areas outside the industry, including multilateral non-governmental organizations.
“Ethanol, as a component of transport energy, delivers reduced greenhouse and particulate emissions. That important contribution needs greater recognition for the goal of expanded global use to be achieved.”
More about the Summit and registration is available online here. The meeting’s hotel room block will close on Thursday, Sept. 26.
About the U.S. Grains Council
The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. With full-time presence in 13 key markets and representatives in an additional 15 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Detailed information about the Council and its programs is online at www.grains.org.