Press release from DONG Energy sent at 01:00 PM on Friday 04.12.2009
COP 15 limousines filled up with straw
For the first time ever, a fleet of VIP limousines has been filled up at the same time with climate-friendly fuel, namely biofuel produced from straw by the Danish company Inbicon.
So when the politicians are traveling around Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference from next week, it will be in cars with climate-friendly E85 fuel in the tank. The 85% biofuel in E85 saves 85% CO2 compared with conventional gasoline.
A collaboration between Danisco’s enzyme division Genencor, Inbicon, Novozymes, and Statoil – assisted by the Partnership for Biofuels – will supply biofuel made from straw for the 30 Volvo S80 limousines and 10 Volvo V70s that the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be using to chauffeur politicians from all over the world during COP15.
Among those present at this first official filling-up with E85 in Denmark were senior representatives of the companies involved as well as Jan-Christoph Napierski from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ COP15 Logistics unit. “An event such as the UN Climate Change Conference attracts a large number of exciting new technologies, which could help to solve the climate challenge. This is why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to be able to showcase a Danish contribution – advanced biofuel – to a green and climate-friendly Climate Change Conference,” says Jan-Christoph Napierski.
It is not just politicians who can drive around using advanced biofuel. From 2010 Statoil’s Danish customers will also be able to fill up with biogasoline extracted from straw using the latest technologies for developing sustainable biofuels.
The biofuel is produced by Inbicon, a company in the DONG Energy group that develops technology to produce biofuell from straw. Novozymes and Danisco’s enzyme division Genencor are supplying the enzymes for the biofuel production, and Statoil is providing the distribution facilities. Using this technology reduces emissions of CO2 by 84% compared with use of conventional gasoline. The biofuel being used for the Climate Change Conference is E85, comprising 85% biofuel and 15% gasoline.
The Partnership’s capabilities in producing advanced biofuel offer significant climate-related potential, allowing the replacement of conventional fuel such as gasoline. Advanced biofuels can be produced using residual products from forestry and agriculture, for example. The development of advanced biofuel technology offers significant commercial potential through export of technological solutions and knowledge within the development and application of enzymes.
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Facts about Danisco
With a rich and innovative portfolio, Danisco is a world leader in food ingredients, enzymes and bio-based solutions. Using nature's own materials, science and the knowledge of our 7,000 people, we design and deliver bio-based ingredients that meet market demand for healthier and safer products. Danisco's ingredients are used globally in a wide range of industries – from bakery, dairy and beverages to animal feed, laundry detergents and bioethanol – offering functional, economic and environmental benefits. Headquartered in Denmark and operating from more than 80 locations, Danisco's key focus is to become our customers' first choice and a truly market-driven global business. Find out more at www.danisco.com.
Facts about Inbicon
Inbicon A/S is a company developing technology for producing ethanol, fuel and animal feed of non-wood-based biomass. Inbicon has operated a pilot plant since 2003 in Skærbæk at Fredericia, Denmark, and in November this year Inbicon inaugurated a demonstration plant in Kalundborg, Denmark. The plant will convert wheat straw into ethanol, feed and lignin pellets and is in operation from the Copenhagen Climate Summit. Inbicon is a subsidiary of DONG Energy A/S. Find out more at www.inbicon.com.
Facts about Novozymes Novozymes is the world leader in bioinnovation. Together with customers across a broad array of industries we create tomorrow’s industrial biosolutions, improving our customers' business and the use of our planet's resources. With over 700 products used in 130 countries, Novozymes’ bioinnovations improve industrial performance and safeguard the world’s resources by offering superior and sustainable solutions for tomorrow’s ever-changing marketplace.
Facts about Statoil
Statoil supplies around one fifth of Denmark's total oil consumption and operates more than 300 petrol stations in Denmark, including approx. one fifth automat stations under the 1-2-3 brand. The company's Kalundborg refinery refines oil products, which are either exported or sold in Denmark for use as, for example, transportation fuel or heating oil for private home and commercial property.
Facts about Partnership for Biofuels
Partnership for Biofuels aims to develop the frame conditions for Danish technology in order to produce second-generation biofuels. The partnership consists of Novozymes A/S, Inbicon A/S, Danisco A/S, Biogasol, Statoil A/S, Aalborg University, Agrotech, Solum Gruppen and the Danish Agriculture Council. The work is being followed by EUDP and The Danish Environmental Protection Agency.
DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe. We are headquartered in Denmark. Our business is based on procuring, producing, distributing and trading in energy and related products in Northern Europe. We have approximately 6,000 employees and generated more than DKK 60 billion (EUR 8.2 billion) in revenue in 2008. For further information, see www.dongenergy.com.