The Government of Canada has just announced that its fleet of vehicles is the first in the world to be regularly refueled with cellulosic ethanol, manufactured by the Iogen company.
Currently, Natural Resources Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and other Canadian government departments use approximately 100.000 liters of cellulosic ethanol annually. The Government of Canada operates 13 E-85 blend fueling stations (85% ethanol and 15% gasoline) and a fleet of approximately 900 vehicles that can run on a blend of up to 85% ethanol . The government wishes to set an example, knowing that in Canada the transportation sector produces 25% of total greenhouse gas emissions.
Cellulosic ethanol is a transportation fuel made from agricultural or wood waste. Iogen began commercial cellulosic ethanol production in April 2004. Its technology is the result of more than 25 years of research & development and $ 130 million in investments by Iogen and its partners, including the Government of Canada, which has provided funding in excess of $ 21 million.
In addition, the production of cellulosic ethanol will help stimulate economic growth in rural areas, open new markets for Canadian farmers and increase the use of renewable energy in Canada. All gasoline vehicles manufactured since the 80s can run on gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol and more than 1.000 service stations today sell this mixture in Canada.
Editor: Elodie Pinot, OTTAWA, firstname.lastname@example.org