GHG Emissions, Industrial - June 8, 2021
Dow Benelux Outlines Path to Carbon Neutrality
Dow Benelux released June 8 its roadmap for achieving its 2050 carbon neutrality goal by setting its sights on an interim target of reducing CO2 emissions from its Terneuzen, the Netherlands, operations by more than 40% by 2030.
The reduction would include 1.4 million metric tons of CO2 mitigated annually at the Dutch facility. This first phase will also include the construction of a clean hydrogen plant for the conversion of by-products from core production processes into hydrogen and CO2. The hydrogen would then act as clean fuel, while the CO2 would be captured and stored until further technologies develop that find a way to use CO2 in its processes.
The hydrogen plant should be operational in 2026 and will avoid 1.4 million tons of CO2 annually.
“We are part of a vital and critical industry – we supply building blocks for thousands of consumer goods, many of which provide CO2 reducing benefits to our customers and the value chain,” President Anton van Beek said in a statement. “We want to continue to supply those products while enhancing our long-standing commitment to sustainability, so we need and want to adapt how we manufacture those products to help address climate change. With this roadmap we aim to enable low-CO2 products to be made in the Netherlands.”
The following two phases of the overall path to carbon neutrality will include the avoidance of 300,000 tons of CO2 a year through the use of captured CO2 in some gas turbines with electrical motor drives, followed by the development of technologies to replace fuel usage in the production process. Such projects would mean the development of technology that allows the transition from fuel combustion to electricity-intensive production.