FEBRUARY 2

Green Chemistry for sustainable everyday products

Green Chemistry for sustainable everyday products

Bio based chemicals – green transition into sustainable products. An important step in reducing the chemical industry’s environmental impact.

Sekab is a Swedish chemical and cleantech company, we process ethanol into chemicals and biofuels. Today, almost the entire chemical industry is dependent on oil and fossil gas as a feed stock. Renewable chemicals are an important step towards making the chemical industry carbon neutral and Sekab is currently the only company in Europe that can produce certain bio based chemicals. These chemicals are used as a base for long value chains in Europe thus creating many jobs. To contribute to the transition into a circular and carbon neutral future Sekab can increase and improve the current production facility to be able to produce more and new bio based chemicals. These can be available to the market already in the coming years.
New investments on Sekab’s site in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, will work as a green recovery plan post Covid-19 that ensure a rapid transition into sustainable products. Today’s effects and uncertainties from Covid-19 have limited and postponed Sekab own possibility to do these necessary investments to increase the production of the bio based chemicals; Bio Acetaldehyde, Bio Ethyl Acetate and Bio Acetic Acid. There is a strong demand from the European market to find solutions for the transition into sustainable products. Brand owners are requesting more bio based chemicals like e.g. glue to become CO2 neutral, bio acetic acid is one of the key elements to produce this glue, PVAc, biobased.
With support, Sekab are rapidly able to come to financial closure of the required investments of 15 MEUR, with main construction during year 2021 and have the production running for all the three bio base chemicals during 2022. Sekab’s production is already today using renewable energy and electricity in a circular process with advanced bio purification for minimum effect on the climate.
Consequently, this investment gives the chemical industry in Europe the possibility to develop new value chains based on Sekabs unique green chemicals.

Climate benefits

GHG avoidance: up to 70%

Budget

15MEUR

Timing

First part implemented during 2021, all adjustments for full capacity in 2022

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.