Supplier Pilots Bio-Based Material Tracking
Coatings supplier AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) is working with a raw materials manufacturer to track bio-based materials through the supply chain in what it calls a first-of-its-kind project.
AkzoNobel, in partnership with Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co. Ltd. and professional services firm EY (London), has unveiled a pilot project that consists of an online e-certification tool to track bio-based raw materials.
“Chemicals are the building blocks of essential products in our everyday lives,” explained Peter Nieuwenhuizen, global RD&I director of Specialty Chemicals at AkzoNobel. “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.”
How Will It Work?
Many chemicals are either made from fossil feedstock or bio-based raw materials, but it’s difficult, the company notes, to verify how much of what had been used. The tool aims to lay it all out, detailing how much of a product is made from bio-based raw materials.
These materials are certified at the start of the supply chain, which the companies say will eliminate the need for separate, external certifications down the line.
The first chemical to be tracked is Epicerol—the bio-based epichlorohydrin, which is produced by ABT and is used in AkzoNobel’s sustainable epoxy coatings.
“This application will increase transparency and encourage companies to use more sustainable raw materials,” said Thibaud Caulier, business manager at ABT.
The first chemical to be tracked is Epicerol—the bio-based epichlorohydrin, which is produced by ABT and used in AkzoNobel’s sustainable epoxy coatings.
After the pilot is over, the goal (other than transparency) is for the tool to act like a “virtual marketplace” that will track everything 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,” said Roel Drost, senior manager, climate change and sustainability, at EY.