American carbon capture services company Navigator CO2 Ventures (Navigator) has been welcomed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) as an associate member.

The company, which provides carbon capture services such as product gathering, transportation and sequestration, is currently forging ahead with its Heartland Greenway project.

The project is an industrial-scale carbon capture system that spans Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota and will allow companies to reduce their carbon footprint by capturing and transporting carbon dioxide (CO2) to a permanent sequestration site through 1,200 miles of pipeline.

Speaking about the addition of Navigator, Geoff Cooper, President and CEO, RFA, said, “Carbon capture, utilisation, and sequestration is an important part of the industry’s strategy for ensuring ethanol reaches net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner.”

He added that Innovators like Navigator CO2 Venture will play a crucial role in helping ethanol producers continue to shrink their carbon footprint, and the company’s expertise will be a welcome addition to our family of members.

Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, Navigator CO2, said, “As an Iowa farm girl myself, I’m, proud to be part of a project that will help provide longevity for ethanol facilities and value-added ag processors in our rural communities across the Midwest.”

In addition to Navigator, RFA’s member list includes companies such as SUEZ, Wisconsin BioFuels Association, and Buckman.