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SEKAB first in Europe with ISCC certified bio-based acetaldehyde

In Sweden, advanced biofuels and chemical company SEKAB has launched bio-based acetaldehyde, a platform chemical that is used in everything from food and nappies, to paint and plastics. Produced from renewable bioethanol, SEKAB is the only company in Europe able to produce renewable acetaldehyde for the chemical industry.

In Sweden, advanced biofuels and chemical company SEKAB has launched bio-based acetaldehyde, a platform chemical that is used in everything from food and nappies, to paint and plastics. Produced from renewable bioethanol, SEKAB is the only company in Europe able to produce renewable acetaldehyde for the chemical industry.

SEKAB’s production of the fully sustainable platform chemical acetaldehyde has been certified by ISCC – International Sustainability & Carbon Certification. This guarantees that this common platform chemical is produced from renewable bioethanol, using renewable energy in a circular process.

The interest in sustainable chemicals is quickly increasing in the chemical industry. Already today, SEKAB is producing and selling several bio-based products, and our goal is to only sell renewable chemical products, said Mikael Jonsson, Business Manager Chemicals at SEKAB.

The chemical has many uses and provides a base when producing many everyday items such as paints, scents and flavourings, preservatives, nappies, vitamins, lubricants, building materials, plastics and much more.

Acetaldehyde is formed during a process of fermentation and occurs naturally, for instance in milk and soy products, as well as in pickled vegetables. SEKAB produces sustainable bio-based acetaldehyde through the catalytic oxidation of renewable ethanol.

The production is powered by renewable energy and is part of a circular process using advanced biological purification. SEKAB is currently the only company in Europe able to produce renewable acetaldehyde.

Chemicals exist in everything that surrounds us – the clothes we wear, the food we eat and the houses we live in. That’s why it’s necessary that the production of these chemicals is based on renewable resources, contributing as little as possible to climate change, said Mikael Jonsson.

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