Turning Non-Recyclable Waste into Low-Carbon Intensive Biofuel
What if we could take the waste that no one wants, the kind that ends up in landfills, and turn it into sustainable fuel?
Re-imagining Sustainable Energy Production
Enerkem, a leading Canadian cleantech company, is expanding its footprint for renewable hydrogen and oxygen production across Canada with a new, commercial scale biorefinery facility in Varennes, Quebec.
Scheduled to be operational in 2023, the $875M gasification facility will transform non-recyclable institutional, commercial and industrial (IC&I) waste and forestry waste into biofuels and renewable chemicals. Over 200,000 tonnes of residual waste sitting in Quebec landfills will be used to produce nearly 130 million litres of biofuels every year, which is one of the lowest carbon-intensive fuels. This production of circular synthesis gas will utilize Québec’s green electricity and green hydrogen and oxygen produced through electrolysis.
Flagship Facility for a Greener, Circular Economy
Replacing fossil sources and traditional hydrocarbons like petroleum and natural gas in transportation and everyday products with low-carbon intensive biofuels and renewable chemicals will contribute to a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction equivalent to removing 50,000 vehicles off the road every year.
The Varennes Carbon Recycling (VCR) plant will support Québec in its ambitious project to reduce GHG emissions by 40% and lay the groundwork for a green economy that is both prosperous and resilient to climate change by 2030 (2030 Plan for a Green Economy). Building on its clean energy, the flagship facility will place Québec at the forefront of innovation and renewable energy beyond its borders.
“Our vision is to help reduce up to 90% of our waste by transforming non-reusable materials to power vehicles or manufacture lots of useful things in communities around the world.”
WSP Awarded Detailed Engineering and Procurement Services for the Construction of the Facility
Whether we are helping our clients and stakeholders understand the evolution of related technologies, infrastructure and standards, or providing the technical know-how to design and build cleaner energy pathways to meet their net zero targets, WSP re-imagines energy today for tomorrow. Awarded Detailed Engineering and Procurement Services for the construction of the facility, WSP is proud to work with Enerkem.
Photo credit: Enerkem’s full-scale waste-to-biofuels facility in Edmonton, Alberta (photo: Curtis Trent)