Cargill, a global food corporation, has reportedly announced the construction of a multi water and residue-based biodiesel facility in Ghent, Belgium. The move to build a plant at the existing integrated oilseeds crush & Bioro biodiesel site will strengthen its commitment to protect the environment and deliver a circular economy.
The $150 million project will help meet the renewable energy demand across the globe as well as enable the company to improve its positioning as the leading provider of renewable fuels and sustainable solutions across Europe. The European RED II (Renewable Energy Directive) has signaled the need to shift towards advanced biofuels from residues and wastes.
Roger Janson, Cargill’s President of Agricultural Supply Chain in EMEA, has reportedly stated that there will be a high demand for assets that are capable of processing difficult feedstocks in the market. The new plant will be the 1st facility in Europe capable of processing all forms of feedstocks, including the fat recovered from the sewage sludge from the local municipalities.
The facility will adopt BDI-BioEnergy International’s latest technology, enabling the processing of all liquid waste fats and oils, including by-products and waste from the food industry as well as non-food crops on the marginal land.
The food corporation has been assisting customers by catering to the needs for sustainable and renewable products for over 6 decades across myriad industries, including beauty & personal care, building materials, and power generation. In addition, it encourages the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices in offering raw materials used for the bio-based solutions.
For example, in July, Cargill partnered with Ellen MacArthur Foundation and other companies, academic institutions, and governments to promote and drive a circular economy. This approach has highlighted its high focus on reuse rather than discard materials.
The new facility, which is due to be opened in June 2022, will have a production capacity of 115,000-metric tons of biodiesel per year and will create over 20 new direct and 60 indirect job opportunities in Ghent.