The road towards circularity and carbon neutrality at Braskem

We are less than two weeks away from kicking-off the Chemical Innovation Exchange – CIEX Europe 2021 conference. CXOs from the largest chemical corporations are meeting face-to-face on 6-7 October in Frankfurt. So, join them to discuss the latest chemical innovation and upcoming trends in the industry. As all our speakers are finalizing their upcoming presentations, we are talking to them to find out their core topic. This week, we had the chance to interview Walmir Soller, VP Olefins/Polyolefins Europe and Asia at BRASKEM. Walmir will be presenting on the different paths towards circularity and carbon neutrality. Additionally, he will also be highlighting two key challenges in this area; climate change and plastic waste.

CIEX: Firstly, without giving too much away –what is the core message of your talk and what would you like delegates to remember?

Walmir: Climate Change and Plastic Waste are two key challenges for the world that need to be prioritized on every agenda. Therefore, it requires commitment, drive and urgency from all stakeholders to revert the current trend.


CIEX: Secondly, why did you choose the topic of your talk?

Walmir: Climate Change and Plastic Waste in circularity and carbon neutrality are on top of my priorities list. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to share how Braskem sees and addresses both subjects. Besides all the initiatives we are doing, participating in this event is an opportunity to promote the importance of innovation to get to carbon neutrality by 2050. In addition, it will also engage more companies and entrepreneurs in this endeavor.


CIEX: Thirdly, what motivates you to join CIEX 2020 and what are your expectations?

Walmir: My previous experience in participating in CIEX has been very positive, with high-quality participants, discussions and ideas.


CIEX: The need for innovation has been a continued topic for the chemical industry. How would you sum up the current state of the industry, specifically with a focus on its innovation efforts?

Walmir: The chemical industry has always been very innovative over the years. Producing solutions from garment fibers to packaging for food safety, passing by house insulation and mobility efficiency, which contributed to improving people’s lives. Nevertheless, times have changed. Society demands a faster pace of innovation and transformation to adapt to the new boundary conditions. Thus, innovation efforts will have to be multiplied to meet the expectations of all stakeholders.


CIEX: Lastly, what must (chemical) industry leaders do to remain competitive and prepare for the future?

Walmir: The chemical industry must be committed to innovating in order to tackle the new and growing challenges of society, governments and the planet. On top of that, climate change and plastic waste are two gigantic challenges ahead of us to get to circularity and carbon neutrality. As such, the chemical industry has an important role to contribute with solutions to both subjects on a global scale.


CIEX: Thank you, Walmir. We look forward to your presentation at CIEX 2021!

Want to hear about the latest innovations, trends, and techniques in chemical innovation? Join Walmir Soller and speakers from DowSachemCrodaClariantLonzaJohnson & JohnsonEvonikBASF, and many more at CIEX Europe 2021.

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