Bio-based sources of ethylene and/or ethylene oxide

We have an objective to decrease the use and dependency of fossil feed stocks. Do you have a way for us to work together to achieve the biggest carbon reductions in AkzoNobel by developing a sustainable source of ethylene and/or ethylene oxide in the next 3 years? Join us and imagine chemistry… reinvented.

About the challenge

Background information

We want to be less dependent on fossil feedstocks and thus we are looking for ways to make our products from sustainable resources. Our second largest purchase item, ethylene, is 100% petroleum-based. The ethylene is converted to ethylene oxide. Our ultimate goal is to generate ethylene oxide from a bio-based source or a reduced carbon emission source such asbio-based syngas, fermentation or using flare gas. The current bio-method to produce ethylene oxide is from bio-ethanol where ethylene as an intermediate. We are looking for novel approaches to achieve our objective and are looking to drive the shift from fossil to sustainable sources.

Where you fit in

Our ultimate challenge is to find a sustainable source for ethylene oxide. Our current assets use ethylene as a feedstock and therefore bio-based ethylene as a source can be easily implemented but different routes to sustainable ethylene oxide are of strong interest. We are not looking for incremental changes to our current processes but a step change in our use of renewable resources.. Your solution should be fit for AkzoNobel’s global business.

Work with us

We know that working together we can find a technology to replace one of our biggest petroleum-based purchase item and become far less dependent on fossil feedstock. Do you have a way to achieve the biggest carbon reduction in AkzoNobel by developing a sustainable source of ethylene and/or ethylene oxide in the next 3 years? If you have ideas on how we could work together to achieve this dream, we welcome you to join us in our Imagine Chemistry Challenge.

Judging criteria

  • Driven by sustainability
  • Strategic fit
  • First right of usage – can we be your launching customer?
  • Implementation time
  • Clean technology
  • Global fit