Enerkem Facility Earns ISCC Certification for Methanol Production

Enerkem Plant

Edmonton, Canada – MI member Enerkem, Inc. announced on Wednesday that its Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification System (ISCC).

Enerkem has become the first ISCC-certified plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste into bio-methanol.  Tim Cesarek, Enerkem’s Senior Vice President of Business Development, told the media, “Enerkem already sells its bio-methanol as a renewable chemical in North America and, with the ISCC certification, we are now adding flexibility to export it as a biofuel in Europe.”

Biofuels used in Europe must prove they meet an approved certification scheme like ISCC EU and comply with criteria under the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED).  The RED requires that all EU countries must ensure by 2020 that at least 10% of their transportation fuels come from renewable sources.  Waste-based biofuels like renewable methanol and ethanol, will count double toward the RED’s 10% requirement.  More information is available HERE, and HERE.

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