Swedish company to market sustainable ethanol

By | July 08, 2008
By early August, Swedish ethanol producer and distributor SEKAB Group expects to be supplying the world's first verified, sustainable ethanol to its Swedish customers. The company has developed requirements for sustainability with its Brazilian sugarcane ethanol suppliers that include environmental criteria, as well as labor conditions and wages. The criteria call for a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of at least 85 percent compared with fossil fuels. Anders Fredriksson, vice president of SEKAB BioFuels and Chemicals, said the criteria will be synchronized with European Union regulations as they are developed. A long-time Swedish ethanol producer using black liquor from paper mills, SEKAB is moving its new cellulosic technology from the pilot to demonstration phase.