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Quebec biofuels policy proposal could see Greenfield Global expand production at Varennes biorefinery

Greenfield Global Inc., Canada’s largest producer of alcohol and fuel ethanol, and one of the largest alcohols and solvents companies in North America has welcomed the Government of Quebec’s pre-publication of draft regulations on the minimum volume of renewable fuel in gasoline and diesel fuel saying that the policy could result in a major expansion of the output of its biofuels production in Quebec.

Greenfield Global operates the first ethanol plant built in Quebec, Canada. In operation since 2007, the Varennes biorefinery is, the company says, a “model for water and energy efficiency” producing ethanol with the lowest carbon intensity ethanol in Canada, as well as corn oil and distillers’ grain (photo courtesy Greenfield Global).

According to a statement, the Quebec government’s recently announced proposal would set blending thresholds of 10 percent renewable fuel in gasoline and 2 percent in diesel fuel by 2021 and increase the thresholds to 15 percent in gasoline and 4 percent in diesel fuel, respectively, by 2025.

Greenfield applauds the Quebec Government for its ambitious targets and firm commitment to transition the province’s energy. Biofuels are indeed a sector for the future. The Government is demonstrating true leadership on climate change and taking steps necessary to effectively and efficiently increase the use and production of renewable fuels, like ethanol, in the province, commented Jean Roberge, EVP and Managing Director of Renewable Energy.

Could fuel capacity expansion in Quebec

Founded in 1989, Greenfield Global is the largest ethanol producer in Canada and owns and operates four ethanol distilleries, three specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants, and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centres across North America. The company is also expanding operations and building capacity in Ireland to better serve life sciences customers throughout Europe and the region.

The announcement of the proposed renewable fuel regulations in Quebec comes at a time when Greenfield is considering the adaptation of emerging advanced biofuels technologies using non-traditional feedstocks and processes, including cellulosic ethanol, renewable diesel, and renewable natural gas (RNG) to further reduce the carbon intensity of its biofuels.

The first phase of Greenfield’s expansion study was completed in 2018, and the second phase will now commence with engineering, feedstock, and environmental studies.

Provincial renewable fuel mandates, such as Quebec’s proposed regulation, are proven to make meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. It also helps to anchor investment in the region. Quebec’s announcement to increase renewable fuel blending requirements has resulted in the launch of Phase 2 of our feasibility study for production expansion at our Varennes biorefinery, said Jean Roberge.

Phase 2 will include a thorough review of available feedstocks, engineering assessments, and new technologies while retaining a focus on job creation, local environment and economic benefits, agriculture, and advancing research in developing the next generation of its biofuel production platform.

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