Bio based chemical industry is favored by European chemical industry

wallpapers Industry 2020-12-09
Under the background of increasingly scarce fossil energy, fluctuating oil price and intensifying competition in energy market,

is especially favored by European chemical industry as a substitute for traditional chemicals. At the European bio chemical Roundtable held recently in Holland, some senior executives of European chemical companies discussed the development opportunities of bio based chemical industry, and proposed that Europe must give full play to its own advantages and enhance competitiveness, form a stable and coherent policy framework, seize the market potential of bio based chemicals and create a more environmentally friendly future. Advantages of

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: the raw material cost is low and easy to obtain.

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are easy to obtain. According to the research report recently released by Deloitte, the production cost of sugar, the main biological chemical raw material, is the lowest in the world in Northwest Europe. The bio chemical industry in Europe will be more attractive if the planting area of crops is increased, the sugar production and efficiency are improved, the transportation cost is lower, and the large-scale production facilities are built to operate. Northwest Europe is well suited for beet, which is as competitive as sugarcane in Brazil, corn in the Midwest of the United States, and cassava in Thailand. Ton runneboom, chairman of

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creative energy, believes that Europe has the potential to develop bio based chemical industry. If Europe can adjust its common agricultural policy and farmers can grow corresponding crops according to land and climate conditions, Western Europe will become a huge agricultural production area providing biological raw materials for chemical industry. However, in the past 30 years, the partners of "bkds" have been looking for a breakthrough in the development of "biospec" and "biospec" in Europe. Europe should establish a more sustainable and stable development policy. At present, bio based chemical industry only accounts for 1% ~ 2% of the chemical market value in Europe. Long term investment planning is necessary to enlarge the market scale of bio based chemical industry to 10%. Servet gren, manager of International Trade Department of

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European chemical Council (Cefic), pointed out that the development of bioeconomy is a great opportunity for Europe. "At present, only about 9% of renewable materials containing carbon are used in Europe. I think this proportion can be greatly increased." To achieve this, Europe needs a policy of free and fair access to raw materials, and the existing discrimination must be eliminated, that is, the entry of fossil raw materials into Europe is duty-free, while the import tariff of renewable raw materials is higher. "We need a stable and coherent policy framework to encourage investment," said gren. We should exempt bioethanol from import tariff. Currently, the import tariff of bioethanol from the United States or Brazil is as high as 60%. In addition, about 53% of bioplastics are produced in Asia and the demand is in Europe. Apart from imposing high import duties on those materials, we don't actually produce much. This policy must be adjusted. " In addition, the effect of planting bio based materials on food prices is also an important economic factor. There are also subsidies to stimulate investment. For example, in the past, once subsidies for biodiesel are withdrawn, many investments may not be profitable.

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development direction: improve the competitiveness of products. Luc Dubois, manager of Science Department of akoma company of

, said that although consumers are willing to accept bio based products and choose to use them, they are often not willing to pay a premium unless there is a significant improvement in product functions. Therefore, manufacturers must continue their efforts to reduce the cost of biomass raw materials to ensure that European bio based chemicals are more competitive. Marco WAAS, director of AkzoNobel's R & D and Technology Department of industrial chemicals, believes that the key is to improve investor confidence. After building confidence, more projects will be invested, and then market expansion may be seen.

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matrix, a 50% joint venture between novamont and versalis, focuses on the industrial production of butadiene, a biological raw material. The company's Porto Torres chemical base in Sardinia has become one of the largest and innovative green chemistry projects in the world. "Biochemistry itself is not a market driver, it's environment, performance and price," says Stefano facco, manager of business development at novamont Rob reiniers, project manager of

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corbion, said that polylactic acid is a product with great market potential. The competition with other plastic products is not only in terms of technology, but also in the price of raw materials for producing the first and second generation sugar. In fact, the bio chemical industry has the same risks as fossil fuels. In addition to ensuring policy stability, cooperation among enterprises can also help reduce risks, that is, multiple enterprises from different parts of the value chain cooperate. The participants of

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agreed that bioeconomy should not try to imitate the current chemical industry chain. In the past century, the traditional chemical industry in Europe has made huge investment, so we must be patient in the relatively new biochemical market. Only through the continuous efforts, innovation and cooperation of the chemical industry, research institutions and the government, can the market potential of bio based chemicals be fully exploited.


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