USGC, ethanol industry leaders meet with officials in Japan

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By US Grains Council | August 22, 2022

Since 1961, the US Grains Council has contributed to the rapid growth of Japan’s livestock and feed industries, increasing US feed grain exports to the country and facilitating access to more and better protein. quality for the Japanese people. While these products remain priorities for the Council’s work, raising awareness of American ethanol and its benefits has also become an important part of the organization’s work.

Representatives from the Council, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association recently traveled to Japan to learn more about the role of ethanol in the local market and highlight the environmental benefits of biofuel.

The Japanese and US governments issued a joint statement in May 2022 committing to double ethanol consumption in Japan by 2030. The Council welcomes this effort on behalf of the Japanese government to increase the use of ethanol in the countries in order to combat current inflationary pressures and have an immediate impact on reducing carbon emissions in the road transport sector.

“While we have made great strides for U.S. ethanol in Japan, it is important that the Council and its partners continue to work with the country’s leaders to highlight the health and environmental benefits of ethanol” , said USGC President and CEO Ryan LeGrand. “We are excited to see what the future holds for ethanol in Japan.”

The group, consisting of LeGrand, former USGC Chairman Chad Willis, USGC Director of Global Ethanol Export Development Mackenzie Boubin, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor and Chairman and RFA CEO Geoff Cooper had the opportunity to tour a feed mill and port facility before meeting one. -one-on-one with industry and government officials to discuss ethanol.

During these meetings, group members discussed the role that ethanol has played in the United States, particularly highlighting the environmental benefits. By having organizational and agricultural leaders and ethanol experts in the group, the discussions offered a wide range of perspectives on the use and benefits of ethanol, while touting the U.S. experience in implementing the use of ethanol. Discussions also focused on the current transition in the United States to higher blends of ethanol such as E15 and E85 and the increased consumer and government adoption of bioethanol blends to alleviate economic and environmental pressures.

“The United States first gained access to the Japanese ethanol market in 2017 and since then has become one of our top 10 export customers. We are encouraged by recent developments regarding Japan’s commitment to double its ethanol consumption and will continue to offer information and data on the benefits of ethanol that can be provided to consumers, refiners, automakers and retailers. We look forward to continued dialogue with Japanese industry and government entities on how to successfully transition to increased use of ethanol,” Boubin said.

The Council and its partners are encouraged by the discussions that have taken place in Japan and look forward to continuing to educate the market about the increased use of ethanol in the United States and its benefits.

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