Swedish chemical company SEKAB launches the fully sustainable basic chemical acetaldehyde, used in everything from food and nappies, to paint and plastics. As a result, SEKAB is the only company in Europe able to produce renewable acetaldehyde for the chemical industry.

“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,” says Mikael Jonsson, Business Manager Chemicals at SEKAB.

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

Acetaldehyde is formed during a process of fermentation and occurs naturally, for instance in milk and soya products, as well as in pickled vegetables. SEKAB produces sustainable acetaldehyde through catalytic oxidation of renewable ethanol. The production is powered by renewable energy and is part of a circular process using advanced biological purification.

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.

For more information about ISCC, please see www.iscc-system.org

For more information please contact:
Mikael Jonsson, Business Manager Chemicals, SEKAB Biofuels & Chemicals, +46 (0)70-657 16 56, mikael.jonsson@sekab.com

Kristina Nilsson, Head of Communications, SEKAB Biofuels & Chemicals, +46 (0)70 274 99 01, kristina.nilsson@sekab.com