Chapter 12. Improving Sustainability of the Corn-Ethanol Industry

  1. Wim Soetaert and
  2. Erick J. Vandamme
  1. Paul W. Gallagher1 and
  2. Hosein Shapouri USDA, OCE, OE2

Published Online: 16 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470754108.ch12



How to Cite

Gallagher, P. W. and Shapouri, H. (2009) Improving Sustainability of the Corn-Ethanol Industry, in Biofuels (eds W. Soetaert and E. J. Vandamme), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470754108.ch12

Editor Information

  1. Laboratory of Industrial Microbiology and Biocatalysis, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Economics, Iowa State University, Iowa, USA

  2. 2

    Washington, DC, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 JAN 2009

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Renewable Resources

Book Series Editors:

  1. Christian V. Stevens

Series Editor Information

  1. Faculty of Bioscience-engineering, Department of Organic Chemistry, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470026748

Online ISBN: 9780470754108



  • improving sustainability of corn-ethanol industry;
  • CO2 adjustment in changing ethanol industry;
  • crop production and greenhouse gas emissions;
  • enough solar energy stored during plant growth;
  • ratio of BTUs in ethanol;
  • energy efficiency improvements on farm;
  • corn processing industry and natural gas and market purchases of (coal-based) electricity;
  • woody crop combustion estimate from GREET;
  • changes in corn-ethanol (CE) industry practices and improving sustainability


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Energy Balance

  • Crop Production and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • CO2 Adjustment in a Changing Ethanol Industry

  • Conclusions

  • References