Copenhagen, Denmark – World political leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will be held in Copenhagen in December 2009, will be transported using bioethanol made from straw.
Members of the Partnership for Biofuels, a cooperation of Danisco, Inbicon, Novozymes and Statoil, will deliver second-generation bioethanol for 40 of the cars that the Danish Foreign Ministry will provide during the conference. The cars will be supplied by Volvo.
“As host nation, Denmark is working to create a green and climate-friendly conference in December,” said Svend Olling, head of department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “We also plan to showcase to the conference delegates some of the new technologies that could contribute to solving the climate challenge. Second-generation bioethanol – ethanol made from agricultural waste – is one example of such a new technology. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is therefore happy that, in cooperation with the Partnership for Biofuels, it has succeeded in reserving some of the first litres of second-generation bioethanol produced in Denmark for the transportation of important guests within Copenhagen during the conference.”
Inbicon, which is commercializing its technology for converting straw into bioethanol, will produce the new fuel at its pilot plant in Denmark. The conference will use E85, composed of 85 per cent bioethanol and 15 per cent petroleum.
Novozymes and Danisco will supply the enzymes for ethanol production, while Statoil will provide the distribution facilities.