February 2012

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Bio-based polymers could be next big thing

Biofuels and bio-based chemicals have been promoted as a potential solution for dependence on petroleum. They also have favorable greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels and petrochemicals b..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Biofuels and bio-based chemicals have been promoted as a potential solution for dependence on petroleum. They also have favorable greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels and petrochemicals because any carbon sourced from biomass can be directly traced to atmospheric CO2 via photosynthesis. Plus, the increased emphasis on lifecycle analysis for both economic and ecological factors has caused industry players to become familiar with the details of bio-feedstocks. The drumbeat for biofuels has thundered for some time now, but new analysis is showing that bio-based polymers could become the next big thing. Global commodity polymer demand grew from 2000–2007. After a slight dip in

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