Solutions for combating climate change and saving energy
Reducing vehicle weight, limiting cooling requirements in buildings, manufacture plastics from plant: the Arkema group focuses its innovation efforts on products that help win the battle against climate change.
Reducing vehicle weight
The Arkema group is tackling global warming and climate change by developing strong, lightweight materials. When used in vehicle construction, for example, such materials reduce overall weight and therefore the fuel consumption of the vehicles. That translates to lower CO2 emissions in the transport sector.
The Group’s main innovations in this area are:
The Arkema group, laureate of the 2013 Pierre Potier prize
The Arkema group won the 2013 Pierre Potier Award, an annual prize rewarding chemistry innovations serving sustainable development, with Rilsan® HT, its high performance polyamide produced from non-food plant-based raw materials.
With its unique combination of flexibility and stability at very high temperatures, this material can aptly replace metal and rubber in the automotive industry in under-hood fluid piping.
Six times lighter than steel and three times lighter than aluminium, it therefore contributes to reducing the weight of vehicles and so their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Reducing energy consumption in buildings and the public works sector
In the building sector, the Arkema group developed Kynar Aquatec® resin, a water-based formulation used as an ingredient in white paint for cool roofs. In regions with lots of sunlight, cool roofs can sharply reduce the building cooling energy load. These paints, which have a much longer service life than conventional paints, earned the Arkema group the Pierre Potier prize in 2010.
The Arkema group also combats climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its own production plants.
Refrigerant fluids with a low environmental impact
Arkema designs products concerned about preserving ozone layer and fighting greenhouse effect in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Worldwide co-leader of fluorinated gases, Arkema proposes a complete range of refrigerant fluids which answer these criteria. The third generation range (HFC Forane®) has a zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) but still an incidence on greenhouse effect.
That's why the Group’s Research and Development Department develops a fourth generation of cooling fluids presenting a better energy efficiency and a negligible impact on global warming.