Benefits for Wood-Based Renewable Diesel in a Midwestern Clean Fuels Policy
May 21, 2021 | Hannah Haas | Education
As part of the Great Plains Institute’s work to develop a Midwestern clean fuels policy, we are hosting a webinar series about clean fuels on the market and how those industries could benefit from a regional policy. The most recent webinar explored how a clean fuels policy can create markets for underutilized wood through the production of wood-based renewable diesel in the Midwest.
Key takeaways from the wood-based renewable diesel webinar:
- The production and adoption of wood-based renewable diesel could reduce transportation sector emissions and create sustainable jobs.
- A Midwestern clean fuels policy could support markets for underutilized wood and bring environmental and economic benefits to local communities.
- Forthcoming GPI analysis shows how the lower carbon intensities of wood-based renewable diesel would have important environmental and economic benefits in addition to market potential in a regional clean fuels policy.
Prior webinars looked at the potential benefits of electric vehicles, ethanol, and renewable natural gas in a clean fuels policy market.
As described in our Midwestern Clean Fuels Policy 101, “A clean fuels policy is a technology-neutral, performance-based policy that reduces the use of high-carbon transportation fuels while providing incentives to deploy lower carbon alternatives such as electricity, hydrogen, and biofuels.” A Midwestern clean fuels policy could be a game-changer when it comes to reducing emissions from the transportation sector, the region’s largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
Speakers at the webinar included:
- Dr. Jim Bowyer, Dovetail Partners
- Rick Horton, Minnesota Forest Industries
- Terry Kulesa, Red Rock Biofuels Plant
- Tad Mason, Red Rock Biofuels Plant
- Nels Paulson, Conservation Minnesota
- Eric Singsaas, Natural Resources Research Institute
- Jessi Wyatt, Great Plains Institute
Watch the full webinar
The previous webinars on electric vehicles, ethanol, and renewable natural gas in a clean fuels policy can viewed here.