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
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.