List recognizes the top private companies in clean technology
MONTREAL, Oct. 7, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, today announced it was named a 2014 Global Cleantech 100 company by the Cleantech Group, a global research and advisory firm focused on innovation in energy and the environment.
The Global Cleantech 100 represents the most innovative and promising ideas in cleantech. Featuring companies that are best positioned to solve tomorrow's clean technology challenges, Global Cleantech 100 is a comprehensive list of private companies with the highest potential to make the most significant market impact.
"We are honoured to be part of this inspiring group of entrepreneurs," said Vincent Chornet, President and CEO of Enerkem. "The launch of our first full-scale commercial facility in Edmonton was a huge milestone. As we enter global markets, we look forward to working with several communities around the world to accelerate the transition to a circular economy."
The Global Cleantech 100 list is collated by combining proprietary Cleantech Group research data, with weighted qualitative judgments of hundreds of nominations, and specific inputs from a global 84-person expert panel. To qualify for the list, companies must be independent, for-profit, cleantech companies that are not listed on any major stock exchange.
"The Global Cleantech 100 each year provides us with invaluable insight into which companies key market players think are most likely to have a significant impact in the next 5-10 years," said Richard Youngman, Cleantech Group's Managing Director, Europe & Asia and creator of the program. "How the composition of the Global Cleantech 100 list changes over time is revealing of key megatrends and hot sub-sectors – and helps us all get a view on the future."
This year, 5,995 companies from 60 countries were nominated, and were weighted and scored to create a short list of 327 companies. Short-listed nominees were reviewed by Cleantech Group's Expert Panel, resulting in a finalized list of 100 companies from 17 countries.
The full report by Cleantech Group is available for download here.
Enerkem makes biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste. With its proprietary technology, Enerkem converts non recyclable municipal solid waste into methanol, ethanol and other widely used chemical intermediates. Headquartered in Canada, Enerkem operates both a demonstration plant and a pilot facility in Quebec and is beginning operations at Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, its first full-scale commercial facility. The company is developing additional biorefineries in North America and globally, based on its modular manufacturing approach. Enerkem's technology and facilities help diversify the energy mix and make everyday products greener while offering a sustainable alternative to landfilling and incineration. www.enerkem.com
About Cleantech Group
Founded in 2002, Cleantech Group's mission is to accelerate sustainable innovation. Core to this mission is i3, an online platform that connects corporates with innovation, at scale, by allowing them to find, vet, and connect with start-ups—efficiently building an innovation pipeline. In conjunction with i3, we offer premium Advisory Services for corporates in need of expertise designing and executing strategies for sustainable innovation, and managing the pipeline created in i3. The i3 platform comes to life at our global Events, which convene corporates and start-ups, along with other players shaping the future of sustainable innovation. Cleantech Group is headquartered in San Francisco, and has offices in London and New York. www.cleantech.com
SOURCE: ENERKEM INC.