San Francisco, California – A new technology that converts sustainable, plant-based materials into low-carbon fuels and chemicals has won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) highest environmental honour. Renewable fuels company LS9 won the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for its Renewable Petroleum technology.

The award recognizes chemical technologies that are making significant contributions to reducing pollution in the U.S. by incorporating the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture and use. The winners are selected by an international panel of technical experts.

The LS9 process uses a one-step fermentation process to convert renewable raw materials into a broad range of low-carbon petroleum replacement products, including its UltraClean Diesel, along with surfactants that LS9 is commercializing with strategic partner Procter and Gamble.

Most other advanced biofuels and chemicals production technologies require additional steps in their production process.

The company said that its UltraClean Diesel is compatible with existing infrastructure and has a an estimated 85 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional petroleum diesel. It also contains no benzene, a carcinogen generally associated with conventional diesel products.

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