Canada’s Enerkem Inc, has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to sell cellulosic ethanol produced at its Edmonton, AB, Canada facility under the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). This marks the first time the EPA has approved a municipal solid waste-to-cellulosic ethanol production plant.
The company’s biofuels facility has successfully completed all the steps required for registration by the EPA. This will allow Enerkem to sell into largest biofuel market in the world, located in the U.S.
Under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, 16 billion gallons of cellulosic biofuels are to be blended into the conventional transportation fuel pool by 2022.
"With this EPA approval, we are now able to sell one of the lowest-carbon transportation fuels into the world's largest biofuels market," says Vincent Chornet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enerkem.
The EPA's rigorous registration process seeks to ensure that the stringent regulatory requirements of the U.S. RFS are met. Enerkem is now registered for D3 Renewable identification numbers (RINs) credits. The EPA has established that cellulosic biofuels significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Edmonton facility has been financed by private sources and received funding support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), Alberta Innovates and Alberta Energy.