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Polestar to create world’s first “truly climate neutral” car

Polestar to create world’s first “truly climate neutral” car
Sekab is one of twelve partners selected to join the Polestar 0 project (photo courtesy Polestar).

In Sweden, electric vehicle company Polestar Automotive Holding UK PLC (Polestar) has selected twelve partners for Polestar 0 - to create the world’s first "truly climate-neutral" car.

The Polestar 0 project started in 2021 with a goal to produce a truly climate-neutral car by 2030 by eliminating any emissions from raw material extraction, material manufacture, product manufacture, and end-of-life.

Swedish cellulosic ethanol and biochemical producer and process developer Sekab is one of the selected partners and will contribute to the project with bio-based chemicals.

A project of this ambition requires partners at the cutting edge of their industries and who are fully engaged in our bold vision. That’s why I’m looking forward to Sekab becoming a crucial part of our team as we find solutions for developing an entirely climate-neutral supply chain, said Hans Pehrson, leader of the Polestar 0 project.

Sekab’s expertise in bio-based chemicals will be invaluable in our mission and will play an integral role in pioneering new and innovative technologies to achieve what has so far been impossible, Hans Pehrson said.

Sekab’s green chemicals have a wide range of application areas. They can be used in the production of various forms of plastics and rubber, lubricants, paints, and adhesives.

They can also act as intermediate chemicals in numerous industrial processes with an indefinite number of potential areas of application.

Sekab innovation team will collaborate with Polestar on defining the green chemical opportunities for the vehicle.

Sekab’s bio-based chemicals help our customers phase out unsustainable products and processes. We are a part of a green industrial revolution that is fundamentally changing how we produce goods and services, said Emil Källström, CEO at Sekab.

To collaborate and find new paths and solutions with like-minded players is our core business. We’re proud to partner with Polestar and provide our chemical expertise on the path to climate neutrality, said Emil Källström.


About the Polestar 0 Project

The Polestar 0 project is Polestar’s moon-shot goal of creating the first truly climate-neutral car by 2030 which was announced in the company’s first annual review, published in April 2021. The Polestar 0 project aims to cut carbon emissions by changing the way that cars are made, rather than using traditional processes and then planting trees to offset CO2eq.

The approach will encompass collaboration across the entire development process and value chain, from suppliers to retailers. Polestar aims to be climate neutral across operations by 2040. The project targets what Polestar can measure and control: zero carbon emissions in the production of the car, delivery to customers, and end-of-life. The use phase of an electric car can already today be close to climate neutral if the car is charged with renewable energy.

The existing partners SSAB, Hydro, Autoliv, and ZF are joined by twelve new partners: Pensana, Boliden, Papershell, Sekab, Bulten, Hexpol TPE, Plasman, YFPO, Ovako, Mistra Carbon Exit, Stilride, and GG Group.

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