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Arkema signs major RNG supply deal with ENGIE

Arkema signs major RNG supply deal with ENGIE
Arkema Colombes Headquarters in Colombes, France (photo courtesy Antoine Le Pourhiet / Imagine Motion).

France-headed specialty materials major Arkema Group has announced that it has signed a long-term offtake agreement with ENGIE SA for the supply of 300 GWh per annum of biomethane aka renewable natural gas (RNG) in France. In effect as of January 1, 2023, the agreement represents one of the largest private biomethane deals in Europe to date.

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Arkema is a pioneer in bio-based high-performance materials derived from renewable castor beans, which offer a substantially lower carbon footprint compared to equivalent fossil-based materials.

This supply agreement with ENGIE of 300 GWh per annum of RNG together with ongoing energy efficiency projects will enable Arkema to further reduce “very significantly” the carbon footprint of its bio-based high-performance “Rilsan” polyamide 11 and “Pebax Rnew” elastomers.

According to Arkema, more than 95 of the feedstock for biomethane production in France comes from the fermentation of agricultural residues and organic waste and with no competition with food.

We are very excited to announce this milestone contract with ENGIE, which will enable us to lower the carbon footprint of our bio-based high-performance materials even further, in line with our customer’s expectations. The transition towards sustainable materials is accelerating and Arkema is more than ever a partner of choice thanks to its broad range of bio-based and recycled materials, said Erwoan Pezron, SVP of High-Performance Polymers at Arkema.

Arkema is also exploring opportunities to collaborate with ENGIE and other industry participants to support the continuous improvement of renewable biomethane production in France.

We are delighted to accompany Arkema – a historical client of ENGIE – in their sustainable transition journey with such a large green energy supply agreement. At ENGIE, we believe that biomethane will play an essential role in the European energy mix and will be a key vector for decarbonizing the energy usage of our clients. This landmark deal definitely represents a major boost in the energy-intensive chemical industry and establishes further ENGIE as a reference biomethane player in Europe, said Paulo Almirante, SEVP in charge of Renewables, Energy Management, and Nuclear Activities at ENGIE.

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