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Enerkem's second generation ethanol gains BC's (lowest) carbon approval

Enerkem has announced that it has gained approval in British Columbia (BC) for its ethanol product from the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines - it received the lowest carbon intensity value ever issued by the Ministry under the Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation.

A new dawn westwards for Enerkem? British Columbia has approved its second generation ethanol (photo courtesy Enerkem).

A new dawn westwards for Enerkem? British Columbia has approved its second generation ethanol (photo courtesy Enerkem).

Canada-based waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, Enerkem Inc., has announced that it has received the lowest carbon intensity value ever issued by the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Energy and Mines for its ethanol product under the Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation.

The confirmed carbon intensity of Enerkem’s waste-based ethanol is set at -55 gCO2e/MJ. As a comparison, gasoline has an intensity of +88 gCO2e/MJ. This approval under the British Columbia (BC) Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation “opens up the door” for Enerkem to sell its advanced ethanol in BC, in addition to the local Alberta market where its world’s first full-scale facility in operation is located.

– We are thrilled to be recognized for having the lowest carbon transportation fuel solution ever approved by British Columbia under its Low Carbon Fuel Regulation. This clearly demonstrates Enerkem’s clean technology and advanced biofuels provide significant greenhouse gas emission reductions. With the worldwide adoption of Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Standards and the move toward a low-carbon global economy, we look forward to working with other jurisdictions in helping them meet their greenhouse gas targets, said Vincent Chornet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enerkem in a statement.

The British Columbia Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation was introduced to reduce reliance on non-renewable fuels and the environmental impact of transportation fuels. Under this requirement, fuel suppliers must progressively decrease the average carbon intensity of their fuels by 10 percent by 2020 relative to 2010.

Enerkem’s proprietary technology decreases greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by producing low carbon fuels that displace a portion of the gasoline used to fuel cars. Moreover, by using non-recyclable, non-compostable household waste–otherwise destined to landfills–and converting this waste feedstock into advanced biofuels, it also avoids methane emissions from landfills.

BC carbon intensity

Carbon intensity is the measure of GHG emissions associated with producing and consuming a transportation fuel, measured in grams of carbon dioxide equivalent per megajoule of energy (gCO2e/MJ). It accounts for the GHG emissions associated with extracting, producing, transporting, and consuming a unit of energy of transportation fuel.

It is a measure of the GHG emissions from the complete life cycle assessment of a fuel. Further information about Carbon Intensities approved by BC Ministry of Energy and Mines is available here.

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