Green news from Cargill

Natural-based glycerine production and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are Cargill’s recent top green news.

Cargill said today that it has successfully registered and sold over 400,000 tonnes of Verified Emission Offsets through the Canadian Standards Association. The emission offsets originate from a methane gas capture project at the wastewater treatment system of its beef processing facility in High River, Alberta.

Blue Source Canada, an emission offset service and marketing company, worked with Cargill to develop a means to quantify the environmental impact and market the resulting emission offsets. 25% of the Alberta facility’s natural gas usage is said to have been displaced by the project through the capture of biogas.

Meanwhile in Europe, Cargill just started its new glycerine refinery in Frankfurt, Germany, adjacent to its biodiesel production in the Höchst Industrial Park after nine months of construction.

Glycerine is a co-product of biodiesel manufacture and is used in many diverse applications.

The opening of the new refinery has created seven new positions at the Frankfurt site, Cargill said. There has been an increase in demand for refined glycerine in Europe, according to the company.


In relation to glycerine, I received a press release two weeks ago that major oleochemical (chemicals made from natural fats and oils such as glycerine) producer Cognis Oleochemicals has now renamed itself as Emory Oleochemicals.

Malaysian-headquartered Emory is owned by Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd and PTT Chemical International Private Ltd, after they acquired it from German specialty chemical company Cognis.

Aside from glycerine, the company produces fatty acids, fatty alcohols, triacetin, ozone acids, plastic additives and oilfield chemicals with manufacturing facilities in Germany, Malaysia, US, and Canada.

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