New raw material reduces reliance on fossil fuels

New raw material reduces reliance on fossil fuels

Just think of a world where carbon dioxide (CO2) is turned into something for the good of our planet. One of the worst greenhouse gases and the most common source of global warming created by mankind, CO2 is a by-product of the chemicals and plastics industry that previously has gone to waste. Until now.

Covestro’s sustainability strategy is at the heart of everything it does, moving away from the ‘take, make, dispose’ industrial model to instead develop products and technologies that benefit society and reduce the impact on the environment.

“The chemical industry is dependent on carbon and the most commonly used carbon source in the chemical industry is oil,” says Dr Berit Stange, Venture Manager for cardyon at Covestro. “Now imagine if you could substitute fossil based raw material with CO2 which is in virtually unlimited supply. This is exactly what cardyon is – a revolutionary product that is breaking new ground.”

Cardyon contains up to 20% CO2 instead of fossil based raw material and can be used for the production of high quality flexible polyurethane foam. It also means Covestro is broadening its raw material base beyond fossil hydrocarbons and bio-based raw materials by bringing CO2 back into the value chain and helping close the carbon loop.

Covestro’s vision is to drive a new perspective within the industry and beyond on value creation through carbon. Cardyon sets new standards in cutting-edge technology and future proof products.

The flexible foam produced with cardyon illustrates the benefits of the circular economy, where both Covestro and its customers can reduce, reuse and recycle. The product can be used in many applications, including mattress production, where numerous possibilities are being explored for end of life recycling which will make this industry more sustainable and innovative.

‘We can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use fewer fossil resources. That’s fantastic’

“For customers it’s a win-win,” says Berit. “By using cardyon customers show their commitment to sustainability and strengthen their position as innovative leaders in the flexible foam market. Using cardyonTM demonstrates they care about the future of the planet and creates differentiation in a fossil resource driven industry.”

Managing Director of Vita Cellular Foams Frank van der Velde believes using CO2 as a raw material is the best of both worlds: “We can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use fewer fossil resources. That’s fantastic.”

This is just the start of the journey. Covestro has joined forces with various partners from academia and industry to leverage the full potential of CO2 reuse and extend the cardyon family. There are plans to include even more CO2 in Covestro materials and use this waste gas not only in flexible foam but also in other products.

Reducing petroleum consumption, expanding the raw material base for the chemical and plastics industries, and increasing the number of plastics produced using CO2 – the future is looking brighter for this greenhouse gas.

Berit says: “We are very excited about the potential of our technology and the applications for cardyon flexible foam. Being used for mattress production is just the beginning. We’re delighted that we can turn a greenhouse gas into a good night’s sleep.”

Find out more about cardyon here

Vote for cardyon in the 2018 GreenTec Awards

Cardyon has been nominated for one of the most important environmental awards worldwide. GreenTec and its 120 partners provides large and small companies, NGOs, initiatives, athletes, celebrities and activists an international stage to present the best projects for environmental protection.

Please help spread the word about cardyon and vote for us. Click on the link below and find us in the Construction & Living category – you simply tick the box under our entry and scroll to the end to submit your vote.


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