Enerkem's Edmonton facility gets ISCC certification


Canadian waste-to-biofuels and chemical producer Enerkem has gained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) for its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility in Edmonton.

It is the first biorefinery in the world to get ISCC certificate for converting municipal solid waste into biomethanol.

Enerkem senior vice-president business development Tim Cesarek said: “This reputable third-party certification confirms that Enerkem meets high ecological and social sustainability requirements.

"Enerkem already sells its biomethanol 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.

"This biorefinery will also become the first to sell multiple renewable fuel and chemical products made from waste."

“With the addition of a biomethanol-to-ethanol conversion module in the second half of 2016, this biorefinery will also become the first to sell multiple renewable fuel and chemical products made from waste.”

Biofuels such as biomethanol and ethanol used in Europe must obtain third-party certification such as ISCC EU to confirm that they comply with terms of greenhouse gas savings, sustainability and traceability of the entire supply chain. In addition, they must be compliant with the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

Under the RED Directive, all EU member countries must ensure that at least 10% of their transport fuels come from renewable sources by 2020.

The RED Directive also gives waste-based biofuels such as Enerkem's methanol and ethanol the advantage to count double towards this 10% requirement.