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Enerkem Alberta Biofuels located in Edmonton, Canada, is the world’s first major collaboration between a large city and an innovative waste-to-biofuels producer. Together, we address the non-recyclable and non-compostable waste disposal challenge by diverting household waste destined to landfills. Using an exclusive thermochemical process, Enerkem converts household waste into clean biofuels and green chemicals, such as ethanol and methanol.
In 2016, the facility obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system. In 2017, the Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility received the lowest carbon intensity value ever issued by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines under the Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation. It is also the first-ever waste-to-biofuel facility to sell its ethanol under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard after receiving registration approval from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2017.
“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
By taking the City of Edmonton’s household waste that is non-recyclable and non-compostable, the Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility is helping the city to reduce the volume of waste sent to landfills by over 100,000 metric tonnes per year.
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, Government House Leader and Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.
“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: single-line methanol-ethanol production commercial facility
Status: initiated production of methanol in 2015 and ethanol in 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