April 3rd, 2017
A new online tool which can track the use of bio-based raw materials in products has been launched as a pilot by project partners AkzoNobel, Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (ABT) and EY. It will be the first tool ever to use e-certification to track bio-based content along the value chain.
Many chemicals can be made either from fossil feedstock or bio-based raw materials, such as vegetable oils or sugars, but it is difficult to verify how much of each has been used.
The new tool aims to solve this problem by verifying exactly how much of a product is made from bio-based raw materials.
This will make it easier for producers and consumers to choose more sustainable products and move towards a more circular economy.
Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Global RD&I Director of Specialty Chemicals at AkzoNobel, explained:
“Chemicals are the building blocks of essential products in our everyday lives. 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.”
Need of External Certification
Bio-based raw materials are certified at the start of the supply chain. Companies can then transfer these via an online platform, which automatically keeps track of the bio-based content of any products made from them. This approach negates the need for separate, external certification further down the supply chain, giving producers quick insight into the bio-based content of their products.
Epicerol® will be the first chemical to be tracked throughout the supply chain. The bio-based epichlorohydrin (ECH) is produced by ABT and is already used in AkzoNobel’s sustainable epoxy coatings.
Thibaud Caulier, Business Manager at ABT, said:
“This application will increase transparency and encourage companies to use more sustainable raw materials. Customers can demonstrate a positive impact by monitoring their consumption of Epicerol®, showing that they are using the most sustainable epichlorohydrin on the market.”
Following the pilot phase, the partners are looking to expand the tool to other chemicals, such as dimethylether, which is used as a propellant in deodorant cans.
The system provides sufficient flexibility so that it can be used by the industry across a wide range of products.
The partners believe this platform provides a robust and reliable answer to certification and assurance for bio-based content as it enables transparency and reliability across the value chain by means of a robust audit trail.
Roel Drost, Senior Manager Climate Change & Sustainability at EY, said:
“The tool works like a virtual marketplace for the industry. Companies can sign up and exchange different types of bio-based material certificates, ranging 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. Hence, we want to quickly make it available to other supply chains to get value across the industry.”
About Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd
ABT produces Epicerol®, a bio-based epichlorohydrin (ECH), using an innovative and patented technology. Epicerol® is based on natural, renewable glycerine and is the most sustainable ECH on the market. ABT has operated its world-class manufacturing unit in Map Ta Phut since February 2012. It is wholly-owned by Vinythai Public Company Limited and both companies strongly adhere to sustainability and social responsibility commitments.
AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. As among the leading global paints and coatings companies and a major producer of specialty chemicals, it supplies essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide.
EY is committed to delivering exceptional client service across its four service lines – Assurance, Tax, Advisory and Transaction Advisory Services. EY is committed to building a better working world – with increased trust and confidence in business, sustainable growth, development of talent in all its forms, and greater collaboration.