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Tool to Track Bio-based Raw Materials in Pilot

Thursday, April 13, 2017

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AkzoNobel (Amsterdam), in partnership with Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co. Ltd. and professional services firm EY (London), has unveiled a pilot project that consists of an online tool that tracks the use of bio-based raw materials.

According to a press release, this will be the first tool to use an e-certification to track bio-based materials along the value chain.

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Many chemicals are either made from fossil feedstock or bio-based raw materials, but it’s difficult, the company notes, to verify how much of what had been used. The tool aims to lay it all out, detailing how much of a product is made from bio-based raw materials.

“Chemicals are the building blocks of essential products in our everyday lives,” explained Peter Nieuwenhuizen, global RD&I director of Specialty Chemicals at AkzoNobel. “Yet despite the growing attention for sustainability, we still cannot easily track bio-based raw materials. This innovative approach will enable us to further pursue our goal of making the chemical industry more sustainable.”

How Will It Work?

Many chemicals are either made from fossil feedstock or bio-based raw materials, but it’s difficult, the company notes, to verify how much of what had been used. The tool aims to lay it all out, detailing how much of a product is made from bio-based raw materials.

These materials are certified at the start of the supply chain, eliminating the need for separate, external certifications later.

The first chemical to be tracked is Epicerol—the bio-based epichlorohydrin, which is produced by ABT and is used in AkzoNobel’s sustainable epoxy coatings.

“This application will increase transparency and encourage companies to use more sustainable raw materials,” said Thibaud Caulier, business manager at ABT.

The first chemical to be tracked is Epicerol—the bio-based epichlorohydrin, which is produced by ABT and used in AkzoNobel’s sustainable epoxy coatings.

After the pilot is over, the goal (other than transparency) is for the tool to act like a “virtual marketplace” that will track everything from base ingredients to finished products.

“This has enabled us to turn the complexity of the chemical industry into an easy and cost-effective tool for bio-based products,” said Roel Drost, senior manager, climate change and sustainability, at EY.

   

Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Auditing; Bio-based materials; Online tools; Raw materials

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