Invited Session: Circular Economy

Waste-to-Biofuel at the Forefront of the Circular Economy (0.5 CEU)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
17:00 – 17:30
Room 320

Enerkem—a world leader in biofuels and renewable chemicals—is at the forefront of the circular economy by offering a smart alternative to landfilling and incineration. Enerkem’s exclusive biorefinery technology processes non-recyclable municipal solid waste materials into methanol and ethanol. This disruptive technology has been implemented in Alberta, Canada. It is helping the City of Edmonton meet its objective to increase its household waste diversion rate from above 50 percent today to 90 percent, and implement a more circular economy.

The Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility is the world’s first major collaboration between a large city and a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer to address waste disposal challenges, and to commercially produce and sell methanol made from household waste. It will also be the first to commercially produce ethanol when the addition of its methanol-to-ethanol unit is completed later in 2017. Enerkem’s technology is an advanced thermochemical process that chemically recycles carbon molecules from waste into added-value products such as chemicals and fuels.

Innovative clean technologies can help communities create value and meet local waste diversion objectives. While reducing pollution and green gas emissions, Enerkem’s game-changing technology can help the world shift from a linear economy to a circular economy that uses waste as a resource to produce sustainable products.


Timothy Cesarek, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Gevo

Tim Cesarek

Timothy Cesarek joined Enerkem’s management team as senior vice president, business development, in March 2012. He has more than 25 years of experience in business development, private equity and corporate venture capital. Mr. Cesarek most recently was managing director of the organic growth group at Waste Management, where he was responsible for the organics recycling business, as well as for investing in growth opportunities to optimize the value from waste material, particularly through its conversion into biofuels, renewable chemicals, fertilizer and energy. Prior to joining Waste Management, he was president of the corporate venture group of Koch Industries, one of the largest private companies in North America with businesses across chemicals, fuels, polymers, wood resin products and consumer products. He has served on many Boards of Directors. Mr. Cesarek has a Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a Master’s degree in business from Pepperdine University.