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China invests in biofuels

Over 100 biofuel facilities will be built in China by 2035 as part of a new collaboration deal announced this week.

On a trade mission to the country, the Premier of Quebec, Philippe Couillard, confirmed Canadian biotech company, Enerkem, is partnering with China’s Sinobioway Group to achieve the goal. Enerkem’s pioneering technology converts household waste-to-biofuel and its state-of-the-art facilities will now be built in China.

“Our breakthrough clean technology produces a much needed low-carbon transportation fuel and sustainable waste management solution to help China achieve its climate change objectives. We are proud to collaborate with a leading Chinese bio-industrial partner to expand our commercial footprint,” said Vincent Chornet, President and CEO of Enerkem.

The company is establishing itself as one of the world’s leading players in the industry, and it achieved a first last year when it was granted approval to sell into the American market.

And its deal with the Sinobioway Group will support China’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase the use of biofuels – which also includes a goal to push for the widespread adoption of advanced biofuels in cars across China by 2020.

“We are excited to partner with a leading Canadian cleantech company to help meet our country’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and move towards renewable energy,” added Dr Aihua Pan, Sinobioway’s Chairman.

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