Enerkem CEO receives 2017 Clean16 sustainability award

By Enerkem Inc. | September 21, 2016

Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, is pleased to share that Vincent Chornet has been named in the prestigious 2017 Clean16 awards. Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization today announced Canada's Clean50 Awards, which recognize 50 individuals, from 16 different categories (including Clean Tech), who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past 2 years.

"The 2017 Clean16 are truly the leaders of the leaders in sustainability in Canada. The competition for the top spot this year in every instance left us with many great choices—and to be selected from amongst such a strong group of peers is truly a testament to the contribution Vincent Chornet has made to helping make Canada more sustainable for all Canadians,” said Gavin Pitchford, CEO of Delta Management Group.

"I am deeply honored to receive the Clean16 award, and I must share this recognition with the entire Enerkem team whose world-class knowledge and exceptional engagement impress me every day. This great combination is what allows Enerkem to make a difference and contribute to solve some of the most urgent environmental challenges our planet is now facing. I also wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to our partners and investors who support us as we continue to establish our leadership in sustainability inCanada and abroad,” Chornet said.

The guiding force behind Enerkem's development since the company's inception, Vincent has raised a total of C$435 million in various financings, and led the launch of Enerkem's—and the world's—first full-scale facility to turn non-recyclable municipal solid waste into transportation fuels and chemicals. This advanced biorefinery, which is in Edmonton, Canada, recently became the very first ISCC-certified plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol and it will expand its product offering with ethanol next year. The Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility will allow the City of Edmonton to increase its waste diversion from landfill from today's 50 percent up to 90 percent, reducing GHG emissions by 60 percent every year compared to gasoline, while generating sufficient biofuels to power 400,000 cars annually. It is setting a new standard in smart waste management and local production of clean fuels and chemicals for communities around the world. The company is now leveraging its substantial intellectual property estate acquired through years of unprecedented high technology development to implement more Enerkem biorefineries around the world.