WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce that DuPont has upgraded its membership and will now sit on the RFA governing board. DuPont is in the final stages of construction of a cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. The new facility will be the nation’s largest and at full capacity will produce 30 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually from corn stover. DuPont has been an associate RFA member for more than 10 years, supporting the first generation ethanol industry through product innovations in enzymes, yeasts and bio protectants.
Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the RFA, stated, “Next generation cellulosic ethanol is emerging on the market and DuPont is at the forefront of innovation. Their knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the biofuels industry make them a valuable addition to the Renewable Fuels Association. I am eager to work together to advance the renewable fuels industry, which is already directly and indirectly employing nearly 400,000 people, reducing GHG emissions, and lowering America’s foreign oil dependence.”
“RFA is a leading voice in Washington on issues related to our industry and we look forward to working even more closely together as we reach full cellulosic production in the coming year,” said William Feehery, president of DuPont Industrial Biosciences. “We acknowledge the hard work RFA has done to promote and defend the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) both as an individual organization and as our partner in the Fuels America Coalition. A stable RFS is vitally important to support growth for the existing corn ethanol industry while garnering the investment needed to expand and grow cellulosic ethanol in the United States. We must keep the technology, research, and development here in the United States so consumers can continue to have choices at the pump and America can reduce its reliance on foreign oil.”
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders it can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.