Products that make a difference
PRODUCTS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The contribution that our industry can bring to reducing carbon emissions is significant. At INEOS we take on the challenges of emissions reductions by making products that positively impact carbon efficiency and lead to CO2 savings.
Products 60M tons manufactured every year
Efficiency 30% improvement with carbon fibre
RESYSTA® 100% recyclable PVC-based product with Resysta® Compounds
Efficiency 20% increased energy efficiency in high-rigidity packaging
Technology More than 90% of the world's acrylonitrile production capacity is based on our technology
OUR INDUSTRY IS energy and carbon-intensive, but it is highly efficient. The products we produce and supply to other industries and society enable significant resource and energy savings; and as a consequence reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. For every tonne of CO2 emitted during production, chemical products save two tonnes of CO2 during use.
Areas where most savings are made are transportation, heating, construction, agriculture, packaging, consumer goods, power and lighting. Our products also provide the raw materials for renewable energy technology, including wind turbines and solar panels.
Many examples of sustainable products can be mentioned, whether it is insulation materials used in the construction industry and for housing, lightweight materials for lower fuel consumption in the automotive industry, or lighter and more easily recyclable plastics for food packaging and lightweight and durable piping.
To tackle climate change related issues INEOS has a very integrated and proactive approach, especially concerning carbon and energy matters. The pan-INEOS Carbon and Energy Network (CEN) operates across all INEOS businesses and sites, enabling them to work in concert. The Network captures expertise. It shares best practice and understanding of future legislative and policy developments at all levels across our businesses.
CARBON FIBRE: A NEW MATERIAL FOR A NEW WORLD
CARBON FIBRE is a vital component in an increasing number of products. Lightweight and incredibly strong, it is now the material of choice for wind turbine blades and a new generation of highly-efficient planes and cars. When used in the manufacture of aircraft, fuel efficiency can be improved by as much as 30% without compromising safety.
As the world’s number one supplier of acrylonitrile – the main component in carbon fibre – INEOS is at the forefront of this revolution. More than 90% of the world’s acrylonitrile production capacity is based on our technology, and manufacturers of the latest carbon fibre passenger planes and aircraft components rely on our products every day. Not only does carbon fibre result in lower fuel costs and lower emissions, it also makes the body of the plane stronger, meaning windows can be larger and internal air pressure can be kept at more normalised levels, which all contribute to improving the experience of air travel. In the automotive industry, car manufacturers are currently developing the technologies that will allow carbon fibre to be used on a large scale to produce more lightweight, fuel-efficient cars. The potential environmental benefit is enormous, given the number of cars in use around the world today.
LIGHTER, MORE RECYCLABLE PLASTICS
PLASTICS ARE a valuable commodity, they account for 4% of the global consumption of oil and gas. INEOS is working to get ‘more for less’, to decrease the amount of oil, gas and other raw materials used in their production. Our R&D efforts include a broad range of projects focused on improving process efficiency at our production plants and developing new, more sustainable products for our customers. The thinking is simple: if plastics are stronger and lighter, they require fewer raw materials to make and use less energy in transportation. They are often easier to recycle.
The same number of machines can now produce 20% more product
INEOS Olefins & Polymers is focused on reducing the weight of high value plastics, while maintaining their strength, rigidity and durability. For example, our lightweight, durable piping, which is used in distribution networks for water and gas, is corrosion free and can last up to 100 years - significantly longer than steel. It is also more reliable, easier to install and leaks less. Our PERT (polyethylene resistant to temperature) piping is being used to provide a simple, low cost hot water piping system for thousands of homes around the globe.
We are also improving the efficiency of plastics production by developing high-rigidity packaging that can be moulded using up to 20% less energy over a shorter life cycle. This means that the same number of injection moulding machines can produce 20% more product, whether that’s a car fuel tank or the packaging used to extend the shelf life of food products. We often work in partnership with our customers to develop new solutions. For example, we worked with well-known soft drinks producers to help reduce the weight of the caps on bottles by around 25%, which is a direct saving on raw materials and waste and makes the bottles lighter to transport.
RESYSTA®: A natural fibre compound
THE COMPOUNDS unit of our INEOS Enterprises business provides an innovative and sustainable solution to our customers with Resysta® Compounds, a brand new PVC-based product in the market. It is a weather and water resistant material made from renewable raw material, which shows exceptional eco-balance and is 100% recyclable. Resysta® is a material that sets new standards in terms of sustainability with a reliability over 15 years, minimal maintenance and that is processable like wood. In time, this is the kind of innovation that will help move towards reducing the use of rainforests.