Limousines at COP 15 filled-up and ready to drive on ethanol made from straw

For the first time ever, a fleet of VIP limousines are being filled up at the same time with environmentally friendly fuel, namely biofuel produced from straw. A clear indication that biofuel made from waste is a technology available today.

A little prior to COP15 Denmark has created world news: 40 Volvo limousines have just been filled up with biofuel made from straw.

“It’s probably the world’s first and biggest filling-up with biofuel made from straw on this scale,” says Poul Ruben Andersen, Marketing Director for biofuel at Novozymes.

When the politicians are being transported all over Copenhagen during the United Nations Climate Change Conference during the coming two weeks, environmentally friendly fuel will be used.

A technology already available today
The biofuel to be used at the Climate Change Conference will be E85, which is composed of 85% biofuel and 15% gasoline. Each of the Volvo limousines holds 80 liters of E85. And the CO2 balance looks good. With this technology, a car's emission of CO2 is reduced by 85% compared to that from conventional gasoline.

“The filling-up of the limousines shows that biofuel made from waste such as straw, corn stover, or sugarcane bagasse is a technology already available today. By the use of biofuel we can reduce the CO2 emissions drastically and reduce the consumption of oil," concludes Poul Ruben Andersen.

Inbicon – which is a DONG Energy technology subsidiary developing technologies for converting straw into biofuel – has produced the biofuel using enzymes from Novozyme and Danisco. 

The fact that the limousines at COP15 run on biofuel made from straw is an outcome of the cooperation of Partnership for Biofuel in Denmark. Statoil, Inbicon, Novozymes, and Danisco’s biotech division Genencor have joined forces to deliver advanced biofuel for a large part of the cars that the Danish Foreign Ministry is providing during the conference. The cars have been supplied by Volvo.