What's the Environmental Impact?

Ethanol production has decreased its carbon footprint while increasing its energy efficiency, creating a greener and cleaner fuel than it was twenty years ago.

Breathe easier

Ethanol replaces toxic chemicals in gasoline that have been known to cause cancer and smog. The production and use of corn ethanol decreases greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to removing 20 million cars from the road each year!

The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest’s Clean Air Choice® program recognizes flex-fuel vehicles when fueled with E85 as good options to reduce exposure to harmful air pollutants.


Creating more with less

Ethanol continues to improve its environmental footprint.

Ethanol production uses almost half of the water it used ten years ago. Today it only requires 2.7 gallons of water per gallon of ethanol, and new technologies are working to improve that ratio even more.

Innovative farming techniques have helped corn farmers grow more field corn, more sustainably, on less land. Since ethanol only uses the starch in corn, farmers can use the protein, fat and fiber for livestock feed.