04 April 2012 20:05 [Source: ICIS news]
ORLANDO, Florida (ICIS)--Braskem said on Wednesday that it will leverage Brazil’s vast acreage of unused arable lands and expanding sugarcane production to establish itself as the world’s leader in sustainable chemistry by 2020.
Rodrigo Belloli, marketing manager for Braskem’s renewable chemicals division, said the company plans to steadily upgrade its bio-based petrochemicals production over the next eight years to broaden its early lead in green chemicals.
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Belloli, speaking on the sidelines of the 27th triennial National Plastics Exposition (NPE), said that
He also said that
The country’s vast size and its equatorial position ensure consistent solar radiation, he said.
Belloli said that
He emphasised that the expanding cane industry is not encroaching on
He noted that one hectare of land – about the size of a soccer field/football pitch – can produce 82.5 tonnes of sugarcane, which in turn can be processed into 7,200 litres of ethanol. The ethanol is dehydrated to produce three tonnes of ethylene and polymerised to three tonnes of PE.
Sponsored by the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), the NPE runs through Thursday of this week, 5 April.
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