Switch to renewable carbon sources
Switching to renewable carbon sources prevents additional fossil carbon from entering the atmosphere and thus solves a fundamental problem of climate change.
“I am convinced that the chemical industry plays a central role in tackling the climate challenge and in moving towards a more circular and biotechnology-based economy. This journey can only be achieved through a strong commitment to sustainability-driven innovation, ambitious goals and close collaboration with partners across the value chain,” said Conrad Keijzer, CEO of Clariant.
While full decarbonization may be a feasible option for some sectors, organic chemistry will always rely on carbon since it is integral to the creation of chemicals and materials that are essential in nearly every industry.
The most promising solution is to reuse carbon already present in materials or in the atmosphere. That’s why Clariant will join the RCI in spreading the use of viable alternative carbon sources, such as biomass, CO2 and recycling streams.
Only an accelerated transition to low-carbon feedstocks will help prevent a further rise in atmospheric CO2 which, as a driver of climate change, also presents one of the greatest inherent threats to biodiversity on earth.
“In addition to ambitious, science-based climate goals and transparent methods for tracking progress, Clariant has prioritized sustainability-driven innovation,” said Richard Haldimann, director of technology and sustainability at Clariant. .
“The shift to renewable raw materials, a sustainable bioeconomy and the integration of circular economy principles are the pillars of our commitment. We continue to make great progress. Clariant has already developed technology for the creation and implementation of renewable carbon in many industries.
Clariant offers a range of biobased solutions. Its recently launched Vita range of bio-based surfactants offer 100% renewable carbon index from an entirely segregated supply chain, providing a viable alternative to their fossil counterparts.
Another innovative solution offered by Clariant is sunliquid technology, which enables the valorization of agricultural residues for the production of cellulosic ethanol, an advanced biofuel that can be used as a direct solution for fuel blending and offers other opportunities for downstream application in bio-based chemicals and sustainable aviation fuel.
Bioethanol produced by the sunliquid technology process contributes to decarbonizing the transport sector by allowing up to 96% CO2 savings compared to fossil fuels, and up to 120% if carbon sequestration is taken into account and used as part of the production process.
Joining the RCI allows Clariant to develop its own solutions in the area of renewable carbon and to work more closely with partners, suppliers and the industry as a whole to move this file forward.