Biofuels Needed for MN Clean Transportation Standard

A working group report shows biofuels must be included in a fuel- and technology-neutral Clean Transportation Standard (CTS) for Minnesota to achieve its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals.

“The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association is committed to working with the legislature to ensure any CTS program is fuel- and technology-neutral so that we can meet GHG reduction targets while offering market opportunities to our state’s robust renewable fuel industry,” said executive director Brian Werner.

A CTS work group established by the Minnesota legislature last year met over the last 6 months and submitted a final report to the state legislature today with recommendations on how to reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of all fuels used for transportation in Minnesota. The work group has 40 members, including MN Bio-Fuels Executive Director Brian Werner.

“The final report makes it clear that any CTS program must take into consideration Minnesota’s unique characteristics, such as our abundant farmland, resilient farmers, and thriving bioeconomy. That means in order to meet the GHG reduction targets the CTS program must tap into the strength and ingenuity of our state’s agriculture and bioprocessing sectors while supporting communities in rural Minnesota,” Werner said.

In 2023, the Minnesota legislature established the work group and set initial targets for CI fuel reduction of at least 25% by 2030, 75% by 2040, and 100% by 2050.