JANUARY 14

Swedish Chemical Plant for production of green chemicals

Swedish Chemical Plant for production of green chemicals

New plant in Sweden to produce green Acetaldehyde – a platform chemical to be found in many everyday products around us. The natural choice for the environment, for humanity and for our climate

Already today, Sekab produces and sells several bio-based products, and our goal is to sell only sustainable chemical products in the future. The interest in sustainable chemicals is rapidly increasing and Sekab is working to accelerate the market. Biobased chemicals are an important step towards making the chemical industry fossil-free and Sekab sees a great potential for an additional production plant to produce the green platform chemical Acetaldehyde in Sweden and have already started this project with a pre-feasibility study.

The platform chemical Acetaldehyde has a wide range of applications and is an important building block in the manufacture of components used in many everyday products, such as paints, plastics, synthetic lubricants, medicines, vitamins, preservatives, clothes, leather products, flavorings, baby nappies and many more.

Sekab has its own technology for efficient industrial production of acetaldehyde using biobased feed stock and renewable bioenergy in a closed-loop system.

Increasing the volume available to the market will be an important step for the transition into sustainable products. The pre-feasibility study will be finalized by the end of 2020 with the ambition to commercialize in the coming years; a Feasibility study, including permit engineering, to be conducted during 2021 – 2022, construction 2023 – 2024 and plant in operation 2025.

This investment  is in a rural area in Sweden and will offer both new job opportunities and entirely green platform chemicals to the chemical industry across Europe. It is an important step for the chemical industry to create new sustainable value chains and reducing the environmental impact.

Climate benefits

GHG avoidance: up to 70%

Budget

35MEUR

Timing

Plant in operation 2025

Contact information

Ylwa Alwarsdotter
Excecutive Vice President Business Development
Sekab
Mobile: +46703980302
ylwa.alwarsdotter@sekab.com

Swedish green Recovery

The timing of the European Green Deal and the Climate law is excellent. Since around the time of the Paris agreement, there is an impatient willingness to act in the business sector, and we need authorities to catalyse this development.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat was founded to support Sweden’s ambition to decarbonize the transport sector. The Swedish Climate Law set an ambitious sector target for transport –  70 percent reduction of carbon dioxide by 2030. Through 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations the 2030-secretariat is supporting this ambitious development, independent of technical solutions or political parties. We are convinced that we need to work in parallel on behaviour, fuels (all low carbon or zero emission fuels) and vehicle technologies. All is needed.

We invited partners to send in proposals that fit well within Green recovery under the Green Deal. We have collected some 30 proposals, mostly in Sweden, in different areas using different technologies. We, the 2030-secretariat, are a Coalition of the willing with a focus on the target year 2030. There are many initiatives brewing in Sweden.

We strongly support initiatives like the Green recovery fund, and we see an increasing interest to take part. In this work we would like to stress the following:

• Allow for a multitude of solutions. We do not know which technology will be decisive, but we do know that many different technologies will be needed

• Changing our behaviour and the use of digital mobility is as important as legislation for vehicles or fuels. The 2020’s is the decade of digitalization, let’s invite digital solutions into the mobility sector

• Avoid having the good alternatives compete. The future is a combo; electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, biogas and some of the new fuels entering the market

• Do not separate fuels in generations or levels of sophistication. We are interested in the greenhouse gas reduction potential of the fuels, not what they are called

We sense a strong willingness to move forward, a season of change that is both needed and welcome. We hope that these initiatives can inspire. If you like an idea – steal it, if you want to participate, contact the person listed by the project. But most importantly, get inspired by what is possible.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat is made up of 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations joined in one common goal – supporting Sweden in reaching a 70 percent reduction of CO2 in the Swedish transport sector by 2030. We work in three areas, all equally important: vehicle technology, fuels and electrification and behaviour. All three important areas that need to deliver if we are to reach the climate target for the transport sector. The 2030-secretariat is independent from individual companies and political parties and does not favour any specific technology or solution. The reduction of CO2 is what counts. We are equally inspired by entrepreneurship and innovation as we are with grit, the on-going task of increasing efficiency. We need all to reach the climate targets.