Enerkem Alberta Biofuels: a global game-changing facility!

The Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility will help to increase the City of Edmonton’s waste diversion rate from 50% to 90%.

Enerkem Alberta Biofuels in Edmonton, Canada, is the world’s first major collaboration between a large city and a waste-to-biofuels producer to address waste disposal challenges and turn municipal solid waste into clean fuels and green chemicals, such as ethanol and methanol.

This game-changing facility is beginning operations to produce methanol from waste, and a module converting methanol into advanced ethanol is being added.

We are proud that municipalities around the world are looking at the City of Edmonton and the Enerkem facility to see how they too can divert waste from landfill while producing clean fuels and chemicals through this innovative technology.” Mayor Don Iveson, City of Edmonton, Alberta

Enerkem Alberta Biofuels can become a model for communities around the world that are considering the circular economy and are looking for a sustainable way to manage waste.

The Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility is part of a comprehensive municipal waste-to-biofuels initiative in partnership with the City of Edmonton and Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions. It is by far one of the most significant developments the waste and biorefinery sectors have seen yet, and one of the first commercial advanced biorefineries in the world.

Enerkem Alberta Biofuels was officially inaugurated on June 4, 2014 by Enerkem’s CEO, Vincent Chornet, Mayor Don Iveson from the City of Edmonton, and the Honourable Robin Campbell, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, and Government House Leader.

“We are proud to have played a role in advancing this project. It has attracted global attention. Our involvement dates back 12 years, when our team began working with the City of Edmonton on the vision for a waste to fuels facility.” Dr. John Zhou, Interim President and Chief Operating Officer, Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions.

Type: commercial
Status: initiated production (biomethanol) in 2015; ethanol module currently being added; ethanol production start planned for 2017
Feedstock: post-sorted municipal solid waste (after recycling and composting)
Products: methanol, ethanol
Capacity: 38 million litres / 10 million gallons per year


Enerkem Alberta Biofuels LP
Site 460, 250 Aurum Road NE 
Edmonton (AB) T6S 1G9 CANADA