Deriving key chemical from biomass
Thanks to a new technology aniline can be made from biomass instead of fossil feedstock
Aniline is a key chemical, which is used as a starting material for numerous products, including rigid polyurethane foam, a highly efficient insulating material used in buildings and refrigeration systems. The production of aniline traditionally relies heavily on fossil-based raw materials such as benzene.
Covestro’s innovation makes it possible to produce aniline entirely from bio based raw materials such as feed corn, straw and wood. As about 4.5 million metric tons of aniline per year are produced worldwide, partially replacing fossil feedstocks with bio-based renewable materials could help to markedly reduce the carbon footprint of the industry.
Associated SDG targets
The European Commission’s definition of the bioeconomy encompasses the production of renewable biological resources and the conversion of these resources, residues, by-products and side streams into value added products, such as food, feed, bio-based products, services and bioenergy. The EU’s Bioeconomy Strategy was adopted in 2012 and updated in 2018, with the overall objective to provide inclusive economic growth within the boundaries of sustainable development.