At a news conference here Tuesday, president and CEO Greg Nuttall says the funds will help cover operating
costs for the demonstration plant at Sarnia Lambton’s Western Research
Park, creating 18 full-time jobs. He expects the plant to make cellulosic ethanol
from wood or other cellulosic waste, leading to the building of commercial plants using
the technology. Plant locations would depend on fibre source availability.
“Depending on feedstock, clean-burning, renewable fuels reduce lifecycle carbon emissions and dangerous greenhouse gases by as much as 99 percent compared with petroleum fuels,” said CRFA president W. Scott Thurlow. “Biofuels have proven to be an integral part of Canada’s strategy for reducing emissions from the transportation sector. By strengthening our capacity for domestic renewable fuels production we can ensure that Canada continues to generate these meaningful environmental benefits for generations to come.”
Thurlow went on to explain that in recognition of the known environmental and economic benefits of domestic biofuel production, the Government of Canada introduced mandated requirements for renewable fuel inclusion. He says these mandates have proven vital to advancing renewable fuels use and production in Canada and succeeded in creating an innovative domestic renewable fuels industry.