Material News Clariant Certifies Cellulosic Ethanol Plant under European Directives •
Clariant confirms its pioneering role in the development of sustainable biofuel from agricultural residues sunliquid demonstration plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol receives ISCC certification Certification expertise creates added value for clients as part of license package
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has received the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) for its sunliquid demonstration plant in Straubing (Germany), which was opened in July 2012. The certificate confirms that the cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues produced with the sunliquid technology is compliant with the sustainability criteria set out in the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED).
“The certification of the Straubing plant is a further milestone in the commercialization of the sunliquid technology," says Hariolf Kottmann, CEO of Clariant. "The biofuel produced in Straubing fulfills and exceeds the sustainability criteria defined in the RED and can be counted toward the climate targets – this is an important prerequisite for establishing the process in the European market." Alongside REDcert, ISCC is one of two certification procedures for the sustainability of biofuels that are recognized in Germany. ISCC focuses on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable land use, the protection of natural habitats and social sustainability. "The ISCC certificate allows us to demonstrate even more clearly to potential partners the efficiency of our technology and the quality of the product from the Straubing plant. Thanks to the 95% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions enabled by the sunliquid technology, we can offer an almost carbon-neutral process solution," explains Markus Rarbach, Head of the Biofuels & Derivatives project. "The expertise we gained in the certification process is part of the license package we
offer our customers. This creates important added value for future plant operators, because only certified biofuels can be counted toward the legally prescribed targets." The biotechnological sunliquid process converts agricultural residues such as wheat straw, corn stover and sugarcane bagasse sustainably and efficiently into cellulosic ethanol. Clariant plans to market the sunliquid process globally, with Europe as one of the core regions. European laws on biofuels are based mainly on the RED. This directive sets a target for 10% of the energy used in the transport sector to come from renewable sources by the year 2020. Particular importance is attached to advanced biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol, which are not based on foodstuffs and do not cause competition for crop land. These fuels also generate great reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
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Corbion Purac at K 2013: Unveiling PLA partnerships for new bioplastic applications Corbion Purac bioplastics will be exhibiting at the K trade fair in Dusseldorf under the theme 'partnering for bioplastics growth'. To highlight the most recent developments in PLA (Poly Lactic Acid), Corbion Purac will be exhibiting a number of biobased applications resulting from numerous strategic partnerships. Corbion Purac has teamed up with esteemed partners in a number of industries, including packaging, automotive, home interiors and sporting goods, and will be showcasing the resulting applications in Hall 5, stand 5B22.
processed on existing equipment, with commercially acceptable cycle times. Corbion Purac welcomes converters and compounders who are interested in learning more about PLA processing. The technical team will be on hand at the fair to discuss and exchange PLA processing experience, from sheet extrusion and thermoformin g, to injection molding and foaming.
Processing expertise for article converters As demonstrated by the range of applications on show, PLA is an extremely adaptable material that can often be
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In addition to final PLA articles, Corbion Purac will also be displaying a distributor’s corner, intended to provide a platform for interested parties to come into direct contact with their local PLA resin partner. To this end, Corbion Purac leverages its strategic partnerships to drive PLA innovation and stimulate increased bioplastic adoption throughout the value chain.
Understanding brandowner motivation Corbion Purac is the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides. The breakthrough in high performance, biobased lactide monomers for PLA opens up a wealth of possibilities for bioplastic applications which have – until now – been limited to oil-based plastics. Combining high biocontent with a low carbon footprint, PLA is a great replacement for PS, PP and ABS. This offers brandowners a unique opportunity to be a sustainability frontrunner in their field, whether it be in terms of product packaging or primary product materials. Corbion Purac’s understanding of key sustainability drivers provides a strong basis for brandowner collaborations.