The carbon budget to limit global warning to 1,5 °C allows for 13 years of CO2 emissions. But 90% of the chemical products are derived from fossil carbon. Which amounts to 11% of global primary oil demand.
Undergoing constant growth, the production of plastics is currently 320 Mt per year worldwide. Despite environmental pressures, PET which is used in many plastic bottles and food-packaging has seen the largest increase in 10 years.
Plastics use is growing fast because of the many benefits they deliver. Just think about food conservation. Although some uses of plastics need to be reconsidered, and although biodegradable plastics should play a greater role, many high volume plastics applications will continue to require recyclable, non biodegradable plastics.
Most plastics are made from oil, through a series of transformations.
These processes are emitting greenhouse gases and the plastics do too when burned.
It has been known for decades that FDCA can produce PEF, a plastic substitutable for conventional plastic such as PET widely used in the bottling and packaging industries.
However, so far, FDCA is still very difficult to produce. Until today FDCA has never been commercialized at industrial scale because it has not been possible to produce it in an economic way. FDCA nowadays is produced mainly for scientific use by specialty chemical producers.
CLIMICALS provides a solution thanks to an innovative FDCA monomer production process using sugars as feed-stock.
Our promise is to enable new high-performance plant-based plastics at the price of oil-based plastics.
Plant-based plastics consumption has been increasing by approx. 35% per year in volume over the last 10 years, but they represent only 2% of total production, all technologies combined.
In addition to their relatively small production capacity, plant-based plastics must be optimized to meet the challenges of use, market price or versatility of applications. The players in this market are looking for competitive, robust solutions that comply with regulations and sustainable development policies.
Increased shelf life
Reduced Weight and Improved mechanical/thermal performances
Improved Thermal Insulation and Weight
Green-promise of Brands Delivered
The mission of CLIMICALS is to develop a heterogeneous catalytic in fluidized bed process to produce FDCA and related molecules.
This technology is being developed in partnership with École Polytechnique de Montréal.
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