The Methanol Institute is committed to promoting the highest environmental standards in methanol operations around the world. We also strive to share information regarding the important uses of methanol as an environmentally-friendly solution for a number of markets.
Methanol is an alcohol that is water soluble and biodegradable, and occurs naturally in the environment. Methanol is part of the environmental solution in numerous applications including the clean up of sensitive waterways and aquifers through wastewater denitrification, applications in clean energy in fuel and fuel cells, and as an input in the biodiesel production process.
Methanol also burns cleaner than other fuel sources, so it is increasingly employed as an alternative fuel to replace gasoline and diesel fuels in the transportation sector. As a hydrogen carrier in fuel cell technology applications, methanol is also playing a growing role in both portable and off-grid energy markets. Methanol-fueled turbines are also producing on-grid power in some applications.
In addition, there are innovative efforts underway by the methanol industry to reduce the greenhouse gas impact of methanol production and distribution worldwide. Over the last decade, methanol plants have been able to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 40% through the implementation of efficiency improvements. We are also seeing the emergence of a global market for the production of methanol from a host of renewable feedstocks.