Paris — Covestro presented technology for using carbon dioxide (CO2) as an alternative feedstock for polyols in PU foam production at an event linked to the UN Climate Change Summit (COP21/CMP11) in December 2015.
The company, six European universities and other industrial associates, is part of public-private enterprise Climate-KIC's enCO2re initiative, a programme promoting CO2 as a petroleum replacement.
Markus Steilemann, member of the Covestro board of management responsible for innovation, told delegates at the 4 December, 2015 meeting it is “the way of the future to utilise CO2 to the fullest possible extent, so as to close the carbon cycle.”
Christoph Sievering, Covestro's head of energy policy and chairman of the enCO2re Steering Committee, said: “Beyond collaborations between industry and science, an active exchange with politics and society is necessary to successfully launch new CO2 technologies and demonstrate that industry can - and must - be part of the solution to the climate problem.”
“We are very pleased that governments are recognising this fact and systematically promoting corresponding efforts in the business community and science – as Germany has been doing for quite some time and now also the EU.”
The enCO2re programme is partly funded by the European Commission through the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.