Greenfield Global Inc. is exploring an expansion of biofuel production at its biorefinery in Varennes QC. A feasibility study has been kicked off to consider an increase in annual ethanol production capacity from current levels of 170 million litres per year to 300 million, or about a jump of 70%.
"Greenfield understands very well the need to produce low-carbon biofuels and renewable energy if Canada is going to meet its Paris Accord commitments,” said Howard Field, president and CEO at Greenfield Global. “Expanding biofuels production in Varennes would make both a meaningful contribution towards achieving Canada's GHG reduction targets, and is perfectly aligned with the goals of Quebec's 2030 Energy Policy and 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan."
The expansion study comes at a time when governments are seeking to reduce the environmental impacts of greenhouse gas emissions. The federal government is currently consulting on a national Clean Fuels Standard with an overall objective to achieve 30 Mt of annual reductions in GHG emissions by 2030. As well, the Quebec government’s 2030 Energy Policy calls for the adoption of regulations establishing the province's first ever volumetric requirements on renewables starting at 5% for gasoline and 2% for diesel; as well as a 5% volumetric requirement for renewable natural gas.
Greenfield’s assessment will include a thorough review of available feedstocks and technologies. The feasibility study will also incorporate the adaptation of emerging advanced biofuels technologies using non-traditional feedstocks and processes, including cellulosic ethanol, renewable diesel, and renewable natural gas.