Representing Ethanol at Oil Industry Funded Emissions Event

Ethanol and its beneficial impact on real world emissions was the focus of two presentations at a recent technical workshop hosted by the Coordinating Research Council (CRC). The ethanol presentations were based on research initiated by the Urban Air Initiative.

The CRC conference is an annual emissions workshop, with attendees from the Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, universities, the automotive and oil industries. The CRC is a non-profit research agency funded by the oil and auto industries. At this annual conference, the latest research related to things like emissions modeling and air quality are discussed among industry experts. It is UAI’s point of view that ethanol needs to be a part of these discussions and why it puts so much focus on technical research related to ethanol’s impact on gasoline and emissions.

Nigel Clark, a consultant with Future Fuel Strategies led the ethanol discussions at this year’s CRC workshop. Clark presented a recap of a 2020 study supported by UAI that focuses on the lack of consistency between emissions modeling and real world emissions when it comes to ethanol. He also presented about the need to standardize fuel blending processes for emissions testing. Right now there is not a standard for researchers to use when choosing test fuel properties. Clark summarized the research he conducted to create a Fuel Blending Guide for ethanol emission effects, another study initiated by UAI.

Both presentations were well received and left open the opportunity for further discussion. UAI will continue working with Clark and Future Fuel Strategies to ensure ethanol continues to be included in discussions related to real world emissions.