Get to know the members of the Renewable Carbon Initiative. Together, they shape the way RCI supports and speeds up the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and materials.
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation.
Henkel (Board Member)
“Henkel has pioneered in its industry with the commitment to become climate positive. We strongly support die Renewable Carbon Initiative as an outstanding enabler to replace all fossil based raw and pack materials. Proud to be part of it.”
The LEGO Group is committed to playing its part in building a sustainable future and making a positive impact on the planet our children will inherit. The LEGO Group have set targets to make its materials and packaging more circular and sustainable, reduce the carbon footprint of bringing LEGO® products to market and limit its use of resources.
Reckitt exists to protect, heal and nurture in the relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. We believe that access to the highest-quality hygiene, wellness and nourishment is a right, not a privilege. Reckitt is behind some of the world’s most recognisable and trusted consumer brands
As an Outdoor & Sports Outfitters, VAUDE is committed to leave the lowest possible footprint on our products and the environment. As a pioneer in sustainable practices, we brought already several new technologies into our industry and going beyond. Just to name a few:
ADM has created a new business unit to deliver plant-based ingredients to the chemicals and materials industry to support de-fossilization of value chain. Networking and active involvement with industry partners are vital in advancing the cause of adopting renewable carbon into the current fossil fuel raw material chain.
Alfa Laval is a leading global provider of first-rate products in the areas of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling. Its technologies enables responsible use of natural resources, reduced environmental impact on industrial processes, improved energy efficiency and heat recovery, better water treatment and reduced emissions.
BASF (Board Member)
BASF SE is a German multinational chemical company and the largest chemical producer in the world. BASF operates in a variety of markets. Its business is organized in the segments of Chemicals, Plastics, Performance Products, Functional Solutions, Agricultural Solutions, and Oil and Gas.
Beckers is the number one supplier of coil coatings and a leading supplier of industrial paints worldwide. The company is a true pioneer in providing unique, high-performance coating solutions that improve customer competitiveness while protecting people and planet.
Borealis is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions and a European market leader in base chemicals, fertilizers and the mechanical recycling of plastics.
Braskem is the world’s leading biopolymers producer and has committed to produce 1 million tons of bio-based plastics and 1 million tons of plastics with recycled content by 2030.
Clariant is a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company based in Muttenz, near Basel/Switzerland. On 31 December 2020, the company employed a total workforce of 13 235. In the financial year 2020, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 3.860 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in three business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis and Natural Resources. Clariant’s corporate strategy is led by the overarching purpose of ‘Greater chemistry – between people and planet’ and reflects the importance of connecting customer focus, innovation, sustainability, and people.
Cosun Beet Company (Board Member)
“As one of the greenest and most innovative sugar beet processors, Cosun Beet Company is very enthusiastic about the Renewable Carbon Initiative, and a firm believer of working together towards a fossil free world.”
Covestro (Board Member)
“At Covestro, we are convinced that through partnerships and initiatives like the RCI, we can accelerate the transition towards a GHG neutral chemical industry and achieve the switch to a fossil-free raw material base for our operations.”
The transition toward a low-carbon economy remains one of the fundamental challenges of our society. At Dow, we have set an ambitious target of being carbon neutral by 2050. As a large producer and consumer of energy, this is a complex challenge and one we are determined to meet. In addition to continuously finding ways to reduce emissions from our operations, we are collaborating to invest in new technologies and processes that will decarbonize our industry.
Givaudan (Board Member)
Driven by passion and innovation, Givaudan Fragrance & Beauty aims to bring delightful and memorable sensorial experiences to consumers around the world. Currently present in all major markets, we strive to be the creative partner of choice for customers not only in personal, fabric, hygiene and home care but also in fine fragrances and overall beauty. The Company is driven by its inspiring Purpose of creating fragrances and beauty products for “happier, healthier lives with love for nature”.
The H&R Group focuses on the manufacturing of high-grade chemical-pharmaceutical specialty products, thereby benefiting from 100 years of experience, comprehensive expertise and efficient production processes.
IFF (Board Member)
Inclusive Solutions for the planet and its people. Delivering the needs of today while protecting tomorrow. Above all, we know that we’re borrowing this planet and our decisions must always consider that. With an ever-increasing population, massive challenges in food, health and wellness and an increasing interest from consumers about what’s in their products, we focus on reducing our footprint and extending our handprint, or our positive impact on the world.
Kemira is a global leader in sustainable chemical solutions for water intensive industries. Kemira provides products and expertise to improve their customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency.
Lenzing (Board Member)
“Lenzing supports the Renewable Carbon Initiative as it is on the one hand just the right thing to do and on the other fully in line with our corporate strategy – it will be an important nucleus for greening the textile and nonwovens value chains.”
From a family adventure, which began in 1871, when Victor MANE started producing fragrant materials from regional flowers and plant, the small distillery which has continually been run by the MANE family grew successfully to become one of the leading Fragrances and Flavours companies with over 50 R&D centres and its 27 manufacturing sites worldwide.
Mercer operates modern facilities and sources its fibre from sustainably managed forests to produce natural, fibre-based products, including pulp, dimensional lumber and cross-laminated timber, pallets, pellets, bioenergy, biochemicals and biomaterials.
Neste (Board Member)
“By becoming a member of the Renewable Carbon Initiative, Neste wishes to promote the concept of replacing virgin fossil oil with renewable and circular carbon solutions in order to accelerate the necessary transformation in the materials business.”
PCC SE is committed to take responsibility and contribute to limiting climate change and to preserve the natural resources on our planet by defining clear targets for the implementation of climate neutrality throughout the PCC Group of companies.
SCG Chemicals’ (SCGC) main business is the production of high-quality plastic resins for use in a range of products for food packaging, electronic equipment, infrastructure, and energy solutions.
SHV Energy (Board Member)
“SHV Energy is a leading global distributor of off-grid energy such as LPG and LNG and proud of our role as pioneer in bio based and renewable energy solutions such as bioLPG (also known as renewable propane).”
Stahl (Board Member)
“Renewable Carbon is the key to sustainable chemistry. By establishing it as a strategic foundation of our business, we can succeed in reducing our own environmental impact and, more importantly, that of our customers too.”
Stepan Company (US) serves a range of markets from consumer products such as laundry detergents, hard surface cleaners, disinfectants, shampoos and body wash; to customized solutions for the agricultural, oilfield and construction markets; polyurethane polyols used in the thermal insulation market; and high purity esters, fats and oils for the pharmaceutical, medical nutrition and dietary supplement industries.
Südzucker is a multinational corporation whose sugar, special products, starch and fruit segments are key food industry players, while its CropEnergies segment is the EU’s leading ethanol producer. Südzucker AG, based in Mannheim, is the parent company of the Südzucker Group and also the largest operating company.
The Chemtech division of Sulzer is the global market leader in innovative mass transfer, static mixing and polymer solutions for chemicals, petrochemicals, refining and LNG. We are steering the way in ecological solutions such as bio-based chemicals, polymers and fuels, recycling technologies for textiles and plastic as well as carbon capture and utilization/storage, contributing to a circular and sustainable economy.
Syensqo is a leading provider in areas including specialty polymers for electric vehicles, lightweight materials for aerospace, and biosourced solvents and surfactants for consumer products.
Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavors, food, nutrition and cosmetic ingredients. Its clients include manufacturers of perfumes, cosmetics, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and producers of nutritional supplements and pet food.
Competence, diversity, international orientation and tradition form the basis of the service portfolio for integrated safety, quality, environmental and technical resource management. TÜV AUSTRIA creates safety and added value with all its activities. For our customers and partners, for our employees.
Documents produced by TÜV AUSTRIA are recognised throughout the European Economic Area and beyond in many countries of the world. This provides a high degree of legal security and acceptance in the economy, with authorities and in the public..
“Uniper is an international energy company who announced the strategic decision to be carbon neutral within the European energy generation by 2035 and to provide decarbonization solutions to its customers.”
The innovation team members are active in the carbon capture topic since 2004 and have extended their activities to carbon utilization in 2016.
UPM (Board Member)
„Renewable carbon from sustainable sources will accelerate the transformation of the chemical industry and offer brand owners and material producers exciting new opportunities for improving their environmental performance. “
VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie
With its innovative processes and highly efficient production plants, Verbio is a technology leader in the biofuels market and achieved 2.3 million tons of CO₂ emissions savings within the financial year 2020/2021.
WACKER as a company with a longstanding history and tradition of over 100 years always had the purpose to create solutions for a sustainable tomorrow by caring about nature and people.
AllocNow is a pioneering cleantech company, focusing on the chemical and process industry. Its mission is to facilitate the sustainability transformation by providing a platform that enables effective management of the environmental impact of products at scale.
Avantium is an innovation-driven company dedicated to developing and commercialising breakthrough chemistry technologies for the production of chemicals and materials from renewable sources (biomass as well as CO2) instead of fossil resources.
Fibenol is at the forefront of creating sustainable biomaterials, offering a solution for a more environmentally friendly future. We are committed to moving beyond fossil-based chemicals and instead focus on producing renewable biomaterials using lower-value hardwood sourced from certified forests. Through wood fractionation, Fibenol is revolutionizing the wood processing industry.
Reuse, recycle, close the loop! Our contribution to the circular economy.
For us, it has long been clear that nature should be the model for all of us. Because everything it produces is needed, used and recycled. There is no waste, only valuable resources. If the life cycle of plastic products is modeled on the closed cycle of nature, we conserve it sustainably.
Since 1992, Futerro has been a pioneer and world leader in bioplastics with the development and production of Poly-Lactic Acid. PLA is a well-recognized bio-sourced polymer able to replace a large number of traditional petro-based plastic used in applications, it can also be fully chemically recycled into monomer.
LanzaTech (Board Member)
“We must accelerate the implementation of all new approaches to support our war on carbon and the RCI embodies this by bringing together all sustainable solutions to reduce, recycled and reuse carbon!”
nova-Institut (Board Member)
nova-Institut für politische und ökologische Innovation GmbH is a private and independent research institute, founded in 1994; nova offers research and consultancy with a focus on the transition of the chemical and material industry to renewable carbon.
SCS Global Services
Since 1984, SCS has been a pioneer and leader in the field of sustainability standards and third-party certification, working across the economy in a cross-section of industries including climate mitigation, green building, natural resources, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, consumer products and more.
Technical Control focus primarily on waterborne polyurethane resins with acomplete range, waterborne acrylic resins and cross-linking agents.
To enable the sustainable development, we have developed a series of biobased polyurethane dispersions.
Institut für Kunststofftechnik – University of Stuttgart
The Institut für Kunststofftechnik focuses its attention on plastic products. Plastics engineering concentrates on the interaction between material, process and product, in order to increase manufacturability and usability properties, intenting to create innovative plastic products which are resource efficient and marketable.
ITA – Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University
ITA Group International Centre for Sustainable Textiles focuses its core competence on the goal of ensuring the holistic biotransformation of textile technology and thus the use of biological principles for cycle-oriented value creation processes.
Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe
The Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH (IVW) is a nonprofit research institution of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern
BioBTX creates sustainable BTX from non-food biomass and plastic waste. BTX are vital components needed to create high performance materials, such as new plastics. As a result of sustainable BTX, plastics can become part of a circular economy. In addition, plastics production can liberate itself from fossil resources.
ChainCraft is a start-up company converting food residues (waste) into medium chain fatty acids using proprietary fermentation technology, which are or can be used in various markets ranging from animal nutrition, flavours & fragrances and food additives, agriculture, and the chemical industry to synthesize ingredients for detergents, personal care, lubricants, etc.
Clariter’s upcycling technology transforms problematic plastic waste into climate-neutral renewable carbon-based petrochemicals. These are used by industry to create a multitude of sustainable crude oil-alternative products. Our solution is in direct alignment with the Renewable Carbon Initiative’s vision of empowering stakeholders to phase out fossil resources and replace them with renewable carbon.
COLIPI produces Climate Oil™ by fermenting renewable carbon from organic by-products or CO2 from point sources, yielding an oil with a minimal carbon footprint. This oil serves as a direct substitute for unsustainable vegetable oils and fossil hydrocarbons.
Econic is a catalyst and process technology company, focused on converting CO2 into usable carbon, initially in the polyurethanes industry, through polyols, and in surfactants. The technology has the potential to become a platform technology to be used in wider range of polymer systems.
Greenlyte Carbon Technologies
Greenlyte Carbon Technologies operates a low energy direct air capture (DAC) approach to produce CO2 at 600kWh per ton while generating hydrogen as a byproduct.
Qore® was formed through a joint venture by Cargill and HELM and will help leading brands replace fossil-based materials with bio-derived intermediates. At the heart of the joint venture is the production of QIRA®, the next generation of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) – an easy-to-implement, bio-based BDO made from renewable feedstocks that reduces CO2 emissions compared to materials made using fossil-fuel based BDO.
TripleW is pleased to join the Renewable Carbon Initiative to realize our shared goal of reducing dependence on fossil-based carbon. We believe that, whenever possible, products should be based on renewable carbon, with “Renewability” as the key to achieving a sustainable circular bioeconomy.