Braskem partners with research university to develop polyethylene from CO₂ capture

January 08, 2021
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Braskem's partnership with the University of Illinois is the first step in transitioning the CO2-to-PE pathway out of academia and is Braskem's effort to become carbon-neutral by 2050. Companies commercializing CO₂-to-polymer technologies are focused on CO2 to polyols, PCs, and PHAs, which need further downstream development, while Braskem's CO2-to-PE will not. Current low oil prices would be the largest barrier to adoption; however, Braskem may decide to complement its I'm Green PE with this technology. Efforts to recapture CO2 from petrochemical-based production are a small step toward becoming carbon-neutral. To truly move the needle, Braskem must work toward the adoption of renewable energy and explore additional means of CO2 reduction.

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