“As our nation moves to decarbonize the transportation sector and achieve clean energy and climate goals, real-world data continue to prove the important role that biofuels play. Not only do biofuels like ethanol significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, but more and more ethanol producers are looking towards capturing CO2 from the production process and storing it underground or using it for other commercial applications.”

– Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy
Biomass Magazine, March 25, 2021

Community Benefits

As a leader in the biofuels industry, the Midwest is uniquely situated to spearhead carbon capture and sequestration efforts. Reducing the transportation sector’s carbon footprint is key to meeting global GHG emissions targets. By providing an economic way to reduce the carbon footprint of Midwestern biofuels, Heartland Greenway will help expand the market potential for corn-based ethanol by reducing its GHG profile. Additionally, when Heartland Greenway is operational, it will generate property tax revenue for both the state and counties.

Economic Benefits

The economic benefits of the Heartland Greenway operation will reach a variety of sectors. The 1,300-mile carbon capture pipeline will be constructed from high-strength carbon steel. Construction of the line will positively impact many aspects of the manufacturing industry and generate jobs and economic growth across five Midwestern states. Participating plants will also reap economic benefits. Some producers will be eligible for a federal tax credit up to $50 per metric ton of sequestered carbon. Ethanol facilities that reduce emissions will also have the potential to achieve a premium in Low-Carbon Fuel Standard markets, leading to 20 to 40 cents increased value per gallon and annual revenue gains between $20 and $40 million per plant.

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Environmental Benefits

Every year, more than 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted into the air. Industries that power our everyday life are all challenged to adapt physically and economically to operating in a cleaner and more sustainable way. The Heartland Greenway project is a forward-thinking, scalable infrastructure investment that will materially reduce participants’ carbon intensity and further the goal of carbon neutrality. Navigator’s project is one of the first large-scale, commercially viable CCS projects to be developed in the United States. Once fully operational, it will have the capacity to capture and store the equivalent annually of:

Emissions from approximately 3.2 million cars
• CO2 sequestered by 18.3 million acres of US forest
• Eliminating the entire carbon footprint of the Des Moines metro area 3 times over
*Source: United States EPA – Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator