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Carbon dioxide, a renewable feedstock; says Cefic

6:26 AM, 13th November 2013
Carbon dioxide, a renewable feedstock; says Cefic

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: According to Cefic Innovation Head, Gernot Klotz, chemical industry use of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a renewable resource can support EU chemical sector sustainable development and future competitiveness.

According to Klotz, the importance of carbon dioxide as a renewable resource can be considered a key strategy to support the European chemical sector sustainable development and future competitiveness. Utilising CO2 can also demonstrate chemistry’s potential to solve major societal challenges such as healthy ageing, energy security, and climate change among others.

Klotz stressed the need for a change in mentality towards CO2, saying “Europe can no longer afford to look at CO2 as pollution or waste to be disposed of; but rather as a renewable resource for the future.”

“Innovation is about change. If Europe wants to be competitive on the world scene it must urgently change its approach to innovation and look into leading edge technologies. Other regions of the world, such as the United States and Asia, are racing to develop a competitive economy based on renewable resources,” said Klotz.

“European countries must cooperate now to ensure that a broader vision for a CO2 economy in Europe is born and implemented, enabling the chemicals sector to design and produce new, innovative technologies and products in the coming years and to immediately use its advantages by bringing together economy, goods, growth and social welfare,” added Klotz.

 

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