Greenfield Global Inc., a leading clean energy company, recently welcomed Mr. Francis Drouin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, to communicate advancement on a $2M agricultural waste-to-clean fuel project supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The project is collaborative with the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering. It aims to develop a clean technology for converting agricultural waste into renewable diesel fuel.
The new technology could reduce greenhouse gas in agriculture and transportation by up to 90% compared to traditional fossil-based diesel fuel. This is achieved through a spoke-and-hub path to collecting feedstocks, crude production, and oil refining into renewable diesel. In addition, the technology is feedstock agnostic, which means it can be applied to various agricultural waste products to produce clean fuel.
“Our R&D partnership with the University of Alberta to deliver drop-in, renewable diesel fuel from organic waste enables farming, trucking, construction, standby generators, and other fossil fuel-intensive sectors to decarbonize, which is aligned with Canada’s climate action plans and helps Canada reach net-zero emissions by 2050”, said Howard Field, President, and CEO of Greenfield Global. “Greenfield has decarbonized Canada’s light-duty vehicle emissions for decades, producing fuel ethanol from industrial corn mixed into gasoline. We are committed to developing state-of-the-art technology with our research, agriculture, and industry partners. We appreciate the Government of Canada’s shared commitment and support for innovative and important climate technologies.”
The collaboration of various organizations, including the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and the Grain Farmers of Ontario, is crucial to successfully commercializing this sustainable liquid fuel technology. These organizations are committed to promoting sustainable agriculture and reducing the carbon footprint of the agricultural sector.
The project aligns with Canada’s climate action plans and the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Using renewable diesel fuel produced from agricultural waste will play a significant role in reducing transportation emissions and mitigating human activities impact on the environment. The project is essential to a sustainable future and sets an example for other countries.