Chemours Announces Glycolic Acid Sustainability Program  - Diversified Communications

Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  March 28, 2023

Chemours Announces Glycolic Acid Sustainability Program

The Chemours Company, a global chemistry company, announced a long-term sustainability program focusing on reducing the carbon footprint of Chemours’ glycolic acid grades by up to 80% against a 2023 baseline.

The program will address the three main phases contributing to the products’ carbon footprint. The first phase includes replacing fossil fuel-based electricity with renewable energy. The second will replace fossil fuel-derived carbon dioxide (CO2) with renewably sourced or recycled CO2. The final stage will replace petrochemical-based formaldehyde with syngas-based formaldehyde, a key raw material for glycolic acid formation.

Chemours will partner with its local electricity supplier to support the development of renewable energy programs in the West Virginia and Ohio region. These programs will supply Chemours with renewable energy credits (RECs) from wind and solar power generators. RECs from the local projects will displace most of the Chemours Belle’s glycolic acid facility’s power-related carbon footprint and will be fully available by mid to late 2025.

Chemours glycolic acid products include Glypure™, a high-purity glycolic acid for personal care applications, which is one of the most popular active ingredients in anti-aging formulations, and Glyclean™ D. This disinfection grade glycolic acid delivers high antimicrobial efficacy as well as cleaning and environmental properties.

“The world increasingly expects companies to produce products responsibly and sustainably. We are committed to driving more sustainable manufacturing processes that reduce the impact on the environment while providing our customers with the high-quality products they expect,” said James Kanicky, Chemical Solutions Global Business Director at Chemours, in a statement. “Our goal to drive greater sustainability in producing our leading glycolic acid portfolio of products is aligned with our Corporate Responsibility Commitment (CRC) and our work to reduce our absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030, on a journey to net-zero by 2050.”


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