Montreal-based biofuels and renewable chemicals producer Enerkem revealed on Tuesday that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had approved the company’s cellulosic ethanol for use under the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2).
Enerkem’s cellulosic ethanol product is generated from municipal waste, and with the recent EPA approval, will be the first of its kind to be sold in the US. The company can also now register D3 Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) to attach to the cellulosic ethanol, available for compliance purchase by US refiners regulated under the RFS2. Enerkem’s biofuel facility in Edmonton was expanded earlier this year to accommodate the annual production of 13mn gal of cellulosic ethanol.
Enerkem President Vincent Chornet stated that the EPA approval would allow the company to distribute cellulosic ethanol into the world’s largest biofuels market, the US, while strengthening the company’s position in lowering the carbon intensity of the transportation fuel sector. EPA regulations stipulate that cellulosic ethanol must reduce the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by at least 60% vis-à-vis the gasoline it is replacing.