17 June 2013 15:30 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--A new roadmap has been released on Monday exploring how new technologies in the chemical industry can boost energy efficiency in production processes.
The International Energy Agency (IEA), International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and the DECHEMA (Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) jointly released “Technology Roadmap: Energy and GHG Reductions in the Chemical Industry via Catalytic Processes”.
In a joint press statement, the groups said the report looks at measures needed from the chemical industry, policymakers, investors and academia to achieve the full potential of catalysts for high-volume processes worldwide.
They added that with around 90% of chemical industry production processes already using catalysis, future catalyst improvements and implementation and breakthrough technologies could lead to sharp cuts in energy use by 2050.
“The report details the potential impact of continuous improvements, best practices, emerging technologies and breakthrough advances to cut energy use in 2050 by 13 exajoules. and bring down greenhouse gas (GHG) emission rates by 1 gigatonne of CO2 equivalent,” the group added.
Maria van der Hoeven, IEA executive director, said: “This roadmap identifies important measures that, if adopted, could slash by the middle of the century annual energy use and greenhouse-gas emissions that are equivalent to what Germany consumes and emits today. ”
Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, who leads energy and climate change efforts at the ICCA, said: “Among the thousands of chemicals produced each year, 18 of them account for 80% of energy demand in the chemical industry and 75% of greenhouse gas emissions.
“It is a reality that the industry has made substantial efficiency improvements for this small group of chemicals, but going to the next level for all chemical products will require further development and deployment of emerging technologies.”
Rainer Diercks, chairman of DECHEMA, said: "Catalysis is a key technology of the chemical industry. Academia and research organisations over the next 10 years must stimulate academic and national laboratory research on large-volume, high energy use catalytic processes.”
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