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The presentation discusses the need to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy and highlights the environmental challenges we face. The speaker emphasizes the importance of reducing our environmental footprint and taking action to address global warming and other challenges. They provide examples of how Evonik, a leading manufacturer of special chemicals, is making progress in reducing emissions and transitioning to clean energy. They also discuss the cost involved in transitioning to clean energy and highlight the potential of photovoltaic energy. Overall, the video promotes the importance of sustainability and the need for companies to focus on their carbon footprint and strive for a positive impact.
00:00:00 In this section, the speaker discusses the need to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy and highlights the environmental challenges we face. They mention the increasing frequency of floods and the impact of expensive electricity in Europe due to the energy crisis. They also discuss the historical development of the chemical industry and the significant changes it has undergone. Overall, the speaker emphasizes the importance of reducing our environmental footprint and taking action to address global warming and other challenges.
00:05:00 In this section, the speaker discusses the global energy and emissions problem caused by the extensive use of fossil fuels. They highlight that approximately 13 billion tons of fossil fuels are used annually, with the majority being used for energy production and only a small fraction for chemical production. The emissions from the chemical industry alone account for 0.16 billion tons, and when considering all greenhouse gases, the total emissions amount to 58 billion tons. The lack of significant progress in reducing emissions in the past 17 years is also highlighted. The speaker emphasizes the need for six technical avenues, including the use of renewables, bio mass, and energy efficiency, in order to effectively reduce emissions.
00:10:00 In this section, the speaker discusses the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, using Evonik as an example. Evonik is a leading manufacturer of special chemicals and has organized its business into four divisions—Smart Materials, Specialty Additives, Nutrition & Care, and Performance Materials. They have a strong focus on sustainability and aim to make a real contribution to making the world a better place. The speaker mentions that it is important for companies to focus on their carbon footprint and also strive to have a positive handprint, meaning making a positive impact in their operations. The speaker highlights that Evonik has made progress in reducing its emissions, but there is still work to be done, particularly in the upstream supply chain.
00:15:00 In this section, the speaker discusses Evonik’s transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. They focus on one specific site, Rheinfelden, which produces various products for industries such as batteries, coatings, paper, and solar cells. The site’s energy balance reveals that 80% of its primary energy consumption comes from natural gas, while 20% is derived from hydro power. The speaker emphasizes the need for green electricity to meet their energy demands and highlights the significant carbon footprint associated with the production of certain materials, such as silicon metal. Scope 3 upstream emissions, including the production of materials like sand, also contribute to Evonik’s overall carbon footprint.
00:20:00 In this section, the speaker discusses the cost of transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy. They explain that there is a significant amount of money involved in reducing CO2 emissions and implementing clean energy solutions. They mention various expenses, such as heat pumps, green electricity usage, and the capture and utilization of bio-gas. The chemical industry is also reluctant to make the move to clean energy. Additionally, the speaker highlights the forecasted energy costs and the potential for generating electricity through photovoltaics. They note that with ample sunshine in southern Germany, photovoltaic energy could meet a significant portion of the energy needs.
00:25:00 In this section, Evonik discusses their transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. They mention their efforts to reduce emissions and their focus on green technologies. One example they provide is the production of green hydrogen using electrolyzers and water. They highlight the benefits of this process, such as not requiring precious metals and expensive materials. Another example they mention is the use of carefully selected bacteria in fermentation to produce special chemicals. They are currently running these processes in pilot plants and aim to scale up production in the future.
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Posted 8th August 2023 in: Event by Jens Cornelissen