Developing renewable raw materials to preserve fossil resources

Through its product innovations using bio-based raw materials, Arkema intends to meet the increasing needs of the world’s people while at the same time conserving fossil resources. Its innovative solutions respond perfectly to the UN's sustainable development goal (SGD 12) "ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns". In 2016, 10% of its turnover was made with renewable materials.

With its products based on renewable raw materials, the Arkema group contributes to the effort of fossils and non-renewable materials preservation. Its developments are about bio-based polymers derivative from glycerol and vegetal oils.


Those polymers have a lower environmental impact especially the carbon footprint, in comparison to more traditional products.


Arkema fosters fossil raw materials conservation as well by improving its industrial processes and its efficiency.

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Bio-based chemistry, future solution

Products supplied by the chemical industry (platics, fertilizers, detergents, cosmetics, etc.) are necessary for the world's economic development. Stakeholder of the bio-based chemistry since a long time, the Arkema group seeks to develop performance bio-based materials. 5 biorefineries of the Group are, today, manufacturing products from plants.

Materials with better properties

Bio-based products offer particular technical characteristics. They often surpass the ones of products made out of fossil fuels. For instance, the polyamide 11 (PA11) made from castor oil and marketed under Rilsan® brand by Arkema, has higher melting point and a better cold impact strength than PA12, its counterpart made from petroleum cuts.


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