AvantiGas, part of UGI International, has received its first delivery of bio-LPG from Ekobenz under their new partnership.
Ekobenz specialises in the catalytic conversion of bioethanol to bio-gasoline and bio-LPG. Based in Poland, it is the first and currently only company in Europe that has successfully commercialised bio-LPG production based on advanced bioethanol produced from waste.
A first shipment has already been made to Swedish UGI company Kosan Gas from Ekobenz’s research facility in Bogumiłów, and now the first shipment has arrived in the UK.
The partnership ensures that AvantiGas and UGI can increase its bio-LPG volume, a sustainable alternative to fossil LPG. It also further strengthens AvantiGas’s position in the UK bio-LPG market, where the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation scheme makes bio-LPG more attractive to invest in.
“We consider it our mission to be an innovator in offering our customers a greener, cleaner LPG fuel and we are continuously researching new initiatives in the emerging fuels market that will lead us down a pathway of sustainability,” said Neil Murphy, vice-president of business development at UGI.
“We are convinced that this can be a small step in the right direction for us becoming the frontrunners in the future. The partnership with Ekobenz is one of many initiatives we are currently pursuing on the path to securing the production of renewable fuels.
“It is complementary to other business activities in UGI International, which also include renewable wind power and existing bio-LPG currently supplied in the Nordic region. It ultimately supports AvantiGas’s and UGI’s ambition of aligning and where possible exceeding business goals with the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive II guidance protocol.”