UN climate change conference to be driven by ethanol

By Kris Bevill | June 03, 2009
Report posted June 30, 2009, at 2:47 p.m. CST

A cooperative group of international companies focused on the commercialization of cellulosic ethanol plans to provide wheat straw-derived E85 for use in vehicles at the December United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen.

Inbicon A/S, a cellulosic ethanol technology developer, is currently constructing a demonstration-scale production facility Kalundborg, Denmark. The plant is expected to be operational by the December UN meeting and will host participants to a tour of the facility. Inbicon will produce the cellulosic ethanol to be used in UN vehicles during the conference. Novozymes A/S and Genencor, a division of Danisco A/S, will supply the enzymes used for ethanol production at the Kalundborg facility. Statoil A/S, one of Denmark's largest oil suppliers, will distribute the ethanol.

"As host nation Denmark makes an effort to secure a green and climate-friendly conference in December, it also wants to showcase to the conference delegates some of the new technologies that could contribute to solving the climate challenge," Svend Olling, Denmark's foreign secretary, said. "Second-generation ethanol is one example of such a new technology."

Inbicon, Novozymes, Genencor and Statoil are members of Partnership for Biofuels, a collaboration aimed to develop the framework conditions for Danish technology to produce second-generation biofuels. Other members of the partnership include Biogasol, Aalborg University, Agrotech, Solum Gruppen and the Danish Agricultural Council.