AkzoNobel and Solvay have joined forces with EY (Ernst & Young) to jointly develop a monitoring system that tracks and quantifies the use of renewable raw materials in paints, coatings and other applications.
The partnership builds on last year’s agreement between AkzoNobel and Solvay, whereby the company progressively increases the use of Solvay’s bio-based epichlorohydrin, or Epicerol, in its coatings products.
Rather than buying Epicerol directly from Solvay, AkzoNobel obtains epoxy resins from a number of intermediate producers. The company then uses these epoxy resins as ingredients in various coatings.
Under this new agreement, Solvay, AkzoNobel and EY will develop a “chain of custody methodology” to ensure that even in situations where no physical segregation of petro and bio-based materials is practiced, volumes may still be assigned and reported.
Epicerol has a substantially lower carbon footprint than fossil-produced epichlorohydrin and is already used in AkzoNobel’s coating products worldwide. By 2016, the company aims to source 20% of its total epichlorohydrin demand as bio-based material.
The methodology will not just be useful for Epicerol, but can be applied more broadly in chemical value chains, which is an important enabler for establishing a stronger position for bio-based chemicals in the chemical business, according to EY.