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New 2G ethanol plans for Europe’s growing biofuels market

Europe’s fast-growing biofuels market sees the introduction of second-generation (2G) bioethanol from a new biorefinery scheduled to begin operations in mid-2023. With a ninety percent smaller carbon footprint compared to fossil fuel-based gasoline, the 2G ethanol will help petrochemical companies meet their need for clean and renewable energy in the European market and contribute to reduced climate change.

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (RYAM) is building a second-generation (2G) bioethanol biorefinery in France for the European biofuels market. Recently the company’s 150 000 tonnes-per-annum pulp mill in Fernandina Beach, Florida (FL) achieved International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Plus (ISCC+) recognition (photo courtesy RYAM).

US-headed specialty pulp major Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (RYAM) has announced the introduction of a second-generation (2G) bioethanol product to be produced using wood-based feedstock from a new biorefinery that is being built in France.

With the successful development of second-generation bioethanol products, RYAM is taking an important step toward achieving our BioFuture and promoting a more sustainable world. The strong demand for this innovative, renewable biofuel represents another example of how we can leverage our existing biorefineries and knowledge of cellulose chemistry to provide biobased solutions, said Vito Consiglio, President, and CEO of Rayonier Advanced Materials.

Rayonier Advanced Materials’ biorefinery model captures residual sugars from its existing pulp process and converts the sugars into 2G bioethanol.

This circular process, which utilizes a greater portion of the tree to create higher-value products, represents a more sustainable operating model.

The strong demand for this innovative, renewable biofuel represents another example of how we can leverage our existing biorefineries and knowledge of cellulose chemistry to provide biobased solutions, said Vito Consiglio

2G ethanol offtake in place

Designed to produce up to 21 million liters of bioethanol per annum, construction on RYAM’s 2G production facility in France is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2022 with commercial sales targeted for the Summer of 2023.

RYAM has entered into a long-term off-take (sales) agreement with a large unnamed international petrochemicals company to purchase the 2G bioethanol and expects to finance a significant portion of its investment with low-cost green loans.

Second-generation bioethanol is about more than just introducing a new product pipeline. 2G represents RYAM’s largest investment to date towards its more sustainable BioFuture. In collaboration with our customer, our 2G bioethanol will provide a green biofuel alternative for Europe’s gasoline market and help fight against climate change by eliminating approximately 25 000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year, said Christian Ribeyrolle, Head of Biomaterials at Rayonier Advanced Materials.

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