Sustainable Feedstocks for the Future of Chemicals & Plastics
29. ‐ 30. Mar 2023
Decarbonisation and the search for sustainable feedstocks for the future of chemicals and plastics production is a top priority for the industry. In fact, most major players & consumer brands have set significant targets and pursuing novel approaches to reduce their carbon footprint across the value chain. In addition, regulators are also pushing for sustainability through initiatives such as the European Green Deal. Coupled with rising energy cost, there is an urgency to phase out fossil-based chemical feedstocks and transition to renewables and build up supplies of sustainable feedstocks. However, the main challenge is locating and securing alternative feedstocks.
There are limited sources of carbon in a world without fossil fuels. Companies are racing to invest in new technology to utilise these sustainable feedstocks including carbon capture and utilization, biomass, corn, sugarcane, beet, industrial hemp, plastic waste stream, MSW, algae and many others. What problems does the chemical industry experience when processing alternative sustainable feedstocks?