CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY, CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT
Cabot Corporation | March 06, 2023
Cabot Corporation has introduced E2C™ DX9660, an innovative solution that offers enhanced rubber durability and high abrasion resistance. This new product provides a 30% increase in abrasion resistance compared to traditional compounds, expanding Cabot's portfolio of E2C solutions for on-road commercial tire and industrial rubber product applications. Cabot has also completed its first-ever life cycle assessment (LCA) of an E2C solution in an on-road truck tire application, demonstrating its commitment to sustainability and reducing environmental impact.
The rubber industry is under pressure to reduce environmental impact and increase sustainability benefits throughout the lifecycle of its products. This has resulted in global demand for solutions that increase raw material efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and minimize end-of-life product waste. Cabot Corporation's E2C solutions offer pre-mixed composites that maximize the performance of primary raw materials, resulting in significant reductions in net emissions from end products. These solutions can also reduce Scope 2 GHG emissions during tire and rubber production.
Cabot's newly launched DX9660 product complements its E2C™ DX9640 solution. The DX9640 solution reduces energy loss, a significant factor in rolling resistance while providing excellent abrasion resistance. In a recent on-road tire test, the DX9640 decreased rolling resistance by more than 10% and increased tire tread durability by 12% compared to standard compounds. By reducing energy loss and increasing tire tread life, the DX9640 solution can help reduce fuel consumption in vehicle fleets, leading to lower greenhouse gas emissions and decreasing the amount of end-of-life tire waste.
Cabot Corporation's commitment to sustainability has led them to complete a life cycle assessment (LCA) to evaluate the environmental impact of their E2C solutions in commercial tire treads. The assessment showed that their E2C DX9640 solution could significantly reduce emissions and environmental impacts. Key findings from the LCA include up to a 6% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions through lower rolling resistance and an over 10% decrease in net emissions from tire production due to more excellent tire durability.
About Cabot Corporation
Cabot Corporation is a worldwide specialty chemicals and performance materials company based in Boston, Massachusetts. It offers a diverse range of products and solutions that cater to industries such as automotive, aerospace, construction, and healthcare. Cabot operates in more than 20 countries and employs over 3,000 people worldwide. Its focus is on creating value for stakeholders while reducing environmental impact. The company is committed to sustainability and invests in innovative solutions to drive long-term growth. It has a strong reputation for quality and innovation in its field and continues to expand its capabilities.
CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE AND RESEARCH
Methanex | February 28, 2023
On February 27, 2023, Methanex, a methanol producer and supplier, and MOL announced the successful completion of a duel-fuel vessel called "Cajun Sun", a net-zero voyage with bio-methanol fuel consumption. Their collaboration shows that methanol as a marine fuel can produce net-zero emissions.
Methanex's subsidiary Waterfront Shipping conducted the Cajun Sun operation, leased from MOL. It departed from Geismar, U.S. and arrived in Antwerp, Belgium. The journey started on 17th January and ended on 4th February. For the 18-day trans-Atlantic voyage, the mixture of the ISCC-certified bio-methanol with negative carbon intensity and natural gas methanol produced net-zero greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis. This innovative fuel solution would assist shipping companies with net-zero carbon emissions. In addition, it would support the chemical industry's venture toward low-carbon emissions.
MOL's Executive Officer for Bunker Business Division, Kazuhiro Takahashi said, "We're pleased to complete the net-zero voyage by utilizing bio-methanol. This is another example of what we can collectively accomplish in our long-term partnership with Methanex and Waterfront Shipping that was solidified in early 2022 when we purchased a 40 per cent interest in Waterfront Shipping." He added, "MOL, as a pioneering shipping company, is committed to reducing the environmental impact of the shipping sector. The use of methanol, which can be readily adopted today, is one of the very promising alternative fuels. We are also contributing to various stages of supply chain through the development and usage of alternative fuels in the global shipping industry."
(Source – Globe Newswire)
Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Methanex, a chemical manufacturing company, is a methanol producer and supplier to international markets in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. It is a publicly traded company with shares listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada under the trading symbol "MX" and "MEOH" on the NASDAQ Global Market in the United States. Methanol is a liquid chemical produced primarily from natural gas. It is used as a chemical feedstock in manufacturing products like building materials, foams, resins and plastics. It is also used to produce methyl tertiary-butyl ether and energy applications.
CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT, PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES
businesswire | March 24, 2023
Under its sustainability program ‘reduce’, the global chemical company OQ Chemicals has reduced its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 10% at its Bay City, Texas production site in 2022, compared to the previous year's averages. To achieve this, the company carried out a dedicated boiler and flare improvement project to optimize the flow of vent gases from chemical production units and to further improve the combustion process. Project progress was tracked for 2022, and demonstrated improved production process stability and subsequently reduced emissions.
“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is crucial to addressing the urgent issue of climate change. OQ Chemicals has made a significant contribution to this global effort by reducing its emissions at Bay City by 10%. This success was made possible through the excellent collaboration of our dedicated teams from the Engineering and Operations departments. The project aimed to improve boiler controls, enabling increased consumption of vent gases for energy recovery and reduced flaring, and included equipment improvements in the utilities area,” said Kevin Hunt, OQ Chemicals Director of Maintenance and Technical at Bay City, Texas.
OQ Chemicals’ company-wide strategic program ‘reduce’ aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next years, with the ultimate goal of becoming climate neutral by mid-century. The boiler and flare improvement project falls under Scope 1, which encompasses direct emissions from production activities. With the reduce program, OQ Chemicals tackles all scopes of emissions, including indirect Scope 2 and all relevant Scope 3 emissions.
“Our ‘reduce’ program takes a comprehensive approach that will eventually cover all scopes of our greenhouse gas emissions, as we’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint across all aspects of our operations. While the ‘reduce’ program currently comprises over 200 projects and initiatives with short-, mid- and long-term goals, the success of the boiler and flare improvement project marks a significant milestone on the path of our sustainability approach,” commented OQ Chemicals CEO, Dr. Oliver Borgmeier.
About OQ Chemicals
OQ Chemicals is a global manufacturer of Oxo Intermediates and Oxo Performance Chemicals such as alcohols, polyols, carboxylic acids, specialty esters, and amines. These are used to produce high-quality coatings, lubricants, cosmetic and pharmaceutical products, flavors and fragrances, printing inks, and plastics. OQ Chemicals employs more than 1,400 people worldwide and markets its chemicals in more than 60 countries. The company is part of OQ, an integrated energy company originating in Oman.