Reducing dependency on fossil resources such as oil and natural gas: this is one of the most important challenges that the industrial production industry across the world is facing today. The plastics and chemical industry is also still hugely dependent on the use of oil as a source of carbon.
Covestro has developed a technology that helps to save fossil resources and close the carbon cycle. With it, raw materials for plastics can be manufactured from the greenhouse gas CO2. In this vein, we offer our partners in the polyurethane industry the possibility to replace a proportion of the oil they would otherwise require with CO2 and thus reduce their carbon footprint. This was achieved with the development of an innovative catalyst that turns the otherwise inert CO2 into a useful element that can be used in further processing.
An initial practical application of CO2 technology by Covestro was the manufacture of filling foam for high-quality mattresses. Covestro experts have since also investigated further potential areas of use, and with success e.g., the use of CO2 as a chemical building block in insulating foams.