Clariant: Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Receives ISCC Certification
Clariant International Ltd., a world leader in specialty chemicals, has received the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) for its sunliquid demonstration plant in Straubing, Germany, which was opened in July 2012. The certificate confirms that the cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues produced with the sunliquid technology is compliant with the sustainability criteria set out in the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED).
Alongside REDcert, ISCC is one of two certification procedures for the sustainability of biofuels that are recognized in Germany. ISCC focuses on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable land use, the protection of natural habitats and social sustainability.
The biotechnological sunliquid process converts agricultural residues such as wheat straw, corn stover and sugarcane bagasse sustainably and efficiently into cellulosic ethanol. Clariant plans to market the sunliquid process globally, with Europe as one of the core regions.
"The ISCC certificate allows us to demonstrate even more clearly to potential partners the efficiency of our technology and the quality of the product from the Straubing plant. Thanks to the 95% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions enabled by the sunliquid® technology, we can offer an almost carbon-neutral process solution," explains Markus Rarbach, Head of the Biofuels & Derivatives project. "The expertise we gained in the certification process is part of the license package we offer our customers. This creates important added value for future plant operators, because only certified biofuels can be counted toward the legally prescribed targets."
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