APIC '14: Petchem firms face pressure to use sustainable practices

15 May 2014 07:25 Source:ICIS News

PATTAYA, Thailand (ICIS)--Petrochemical firms will come under increasing pressure to demonstrate their environmental awareness by reducing their carbon footprint and raising the sustainability of their operations, an industry consultant said on Thursday.

"One of the clearest ways to demonstrate that action is being taken is by employing bio-based materials," said Charles Fryer, the chairman of consultancy Tecnon OrbiChem.

Fryer was speaking at the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC), which runs on 15-16 May in Pattaya, Thailand.

While the choice of bio-based polymers and monomers are limited currently, the line-up is widening rapidly, he said.

Bio-based monomers such as succinic acid, butadiene (BD), 1,5-pentanediamine, 1,4-butanediol and 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid have the best chance for success, according to Fryer.

However, companies that are introducing bio-based monomers will have to demonstrate that their operations do not reduce the food supply, he added.

These firms will also need to prove that the new monomer will give rise to a new polymer that is equally as good or better than existing polymers, Fryer said.

By Nurluqman Suratman