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DSM announces partnership with SABIC and UPM Biofuels to create bio-based Dyneema

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oyal DSM, a global science- based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, SABIC, a global

leader in the chemical industry, and UPM Biofuels, a leading producer of sustainable raw materials, today announced a partnership that will help to reduce the environmental footprint of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber. The collaboration will see Dyneema® transition to bio-based feedstock leveraging SABIC’s ground- breaking TRUCIRCLE™ solutions for certified renewable products. As such, DSM is delivering on its commitment to improve the sustainability footprint of Dyneema®, moving towards a circular, bio-based economy. In December, 2019, DSM announced ambitious sustainability targets for its Dyneema® high performance fibers. This new partnership represents an important step in realizing the goal of sourcing at least 60% of its feedstock from bio-based raw material by 2030. The transition to bio-based feedstock will maintain the unique properties of Dyneema®, enabling customers to adopt a more sustainable solution without compromising process efficiency or final product performance. The

Mark Vester, Circular Economy

Leader at SABIC, said: “We firmly believe that true collaboration and innovation will drive positive change. With our TRUCIRCLE initiative, we are more committed than ever to closing the loop on used plastics in 2020. We are delighted to be partnering with DSM and UPM Biofuels as a further step towards transforming the value chain and creating a circular, transparent, and sustainable economy.” Juha Rainio, Sales and Marketing

Dyneema® bio-based material will be carrying the globally recognized ISCC Plus certification and will not require re-qualification of downstream products. Bio-based Dyneema® will be available from April, 2020. UPM Biofuels produces bio-based

feedstock UPM BioVerno from the residue of the pulping process. This is then processed by SABIC to make renewable ethylene under their TRUCIRCLE™ umbrella of solutions. TRUCIRCLE™ includes certified renewable products, specifically resins and chemicals from bio-based feedstock that are not in competition with the food chain and help to reduce carbon emissions. By applying a mass balancing approach1, DSM is then able to create bio-based Dyneema®

fiber that delivers consistent durability and performance with a reduced environmental impact. The new partnership underlines DSM’s commitment to working closely with partners and suppliers to realize a more sustainable value chain. Wilfrid Gambade, President DSM

Protective Materials: “By partnering with SABIC and UPM Biofuels, we are taking the next important step in our sustainability journey and driving our industry’s transition from conventional to renewable resources. By improving the impact of our materials, together with our partners, we are helping to protect both people and the environment they live in. In this way, we are using our bright science to deliver brighter living.”

Netherlands doubling green energy subsidies

The Dutch Government plans to double the green energy subsidies to €4bn in 2020, from a previously planned €2bn to meet its promise to cut CO2 emissions. The 2020 Sustainable Energy Production (SDE+) spring budget will make the CO2 reduction target feasible and affordable, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The Dutch Climate Agreement

aims to reduce CO2 emissions in the Netherlands by setting a national reduction goal of 49%

lower in 2030 than in 1990. In December 2019, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands ordered the government to cut the nation’s CO2 emissions by 25% from 1990 levels by the end of 2020. One of the key policy measures to meet the climate goals is the SDE+ scheme, which provides financial support to the producers for the renewable energy they generate. The 2020 SDE+ spring tender round is the last time the SDE+ subsidy will be awarded in its current form. Later on, the SDE+ stimulation

subsidy will be expanded to an incentive for sustainable energy transition (SDE++). Bhavana Sri Pullagura, Power

Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “There are a large number of renewable energy projects that can offer cost-effective contribution for further development and make the energy transition more sustainable. The 2020 SDE+ will be used to help projects that have a short implementation period and those projects which did not get funding in the previous tender. This

Director at UPM Biofuels: “We are committed to replacing fossil-based feedstocks with renewable ones. This collaboration with SABIC and DSM is an excellent example of a future beyond fossils, which is a key driver for UPM going forward.” Further information contact: Anneli Kunnas, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Relations, UPM Biofuels, tel. +358 40 520 7605, e-mail: anneli. Claire Theunissen, Global Manager, Communications & External Affairs, DSM, tel. +31 630 631 754, claire. Lindsay Clarkmead, SABIC, tel. +34 648 246 318, lindsay.

is expected to give an extra boost to the development of renewable energy through the stimulation of both new and old projects for which the required permits were previously missing. “The government’s resolution to

reduce emissions by 49% by 2030 will result in massive renewable energy capacity addition. By 2030, the renewable energy capacity is projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12%. The subsidies provided by the government will help in bringing down the cost curve for wind and solar energy, making them the most promising areas of new capacity additions. Both these technologies are slated to grow by more than 15% CAGR by 2030.”

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