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Enerkem named finalist in The Sky’s the Limit Challenge

In Canada, Enerkem Inc., a world-leading waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, was named, at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) 10 & Mission Innovation 4(MI-4) event hosted by the Government of Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), finalist of The Sky's the Limit Challenge led by Natural Resources Canada – to develop the cleanest, most affordable, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

A new dawn westwards for Enerkem? British Columbia has approved its second generation ethanol (photo courtesy Enerkem).
The Enerkem waste-to-fuel facility in Edmonton, Alberta produces second-generation ethanol (photo courtesy Enerkem). A new dawn westwards for Enerkem? British Columbia has approved its second generation ethanol (photo courtesy Enerkem).

As one of the four finalists of the Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition announced on May 29, 2019, Enerkem will receive CA$2 million to support its next endeavour: an 18-month competition to produce the most economical and environmentally sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and win the CA$5-million grand prize.

Initially announced in August 2018 by Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, The Sky’s the Limit Challenge is part of a nationwide challenge to Canadians to develop the cleanest, most affordable, and sustainable SAF for the aviation sector to further reduce its carbon footprint and fight climate change.

It is an honour and privilege for our innovative technology to be recognized as a pathway and solution to some of the most pressing issues facing Canadians today. By expanding the range of biofuels and biochemicals enabled by our technology, Enerkem will be able to set new global standards in waste management, biofuels, and renewable chemicals and be at forefront of the circular economy said Dominique Boies, President, and CEO (acting) and Chief Financial Officer, Enerkem.

Science is driving the circular economy

Beyond waste-to-biofuel, the future of the circular economy will increasingly be driven by science. Enerkem researchers and scientists are looking ahead at waste management processes, as well as the biofuels and green chemicals of the future by addressing new markets such as aviation fuel.

Enerkem research and engineering to date have resulted in 22 patent families, over 100 international patents, and countless innovative breakthroughs since the company’s inception in 2000.

The Sky’s the Limit Challenge is the second of five planned challenges under Natural Resources Canada’s CA$75-million Impact Canada Initiative, which is helping to drive innovation and accelerate the clean growth economy.

These challenges reward the best ideas and focus on achieving stronger social, environmental, and economic outcomes for citizens.

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