Our focus areas
Our focus areas
Sekab is certified in accordance with ISO 14001 and production is also certified in accordance with the German sustainability system, ISCC. This helps us maintain control of the development of our environmental initiatives and continuously reduce the company’s total environmental impact.
Environmental initiatives are conducted at all levels of the organization and are an integrated part of the operation. The largest part of our environmental initiatives are directly connected to our production plant, but we work systematically with environmental issues in all areas of the operation.
According to the HSE policy, consideration must be given to the external environment as long as it is environmentally justified and economically feasible. Sekab’s ambition is to take responsibility for the company’s environmental impact throughout the value chain. We focus on reducing the operation’s environmental impact through efficient use of raw materials, energy, other natural resources and transports. The company develops sustainable products, and thus contributes to sustainable development in society.
We believe that the path to a sustainable future requires renewable alternatives. Sekab is one of few chemical producers in Europe that can offer chemicals based on bio-based raw materials as an alternative to oil-based chemicals and fuel. In addition, we produce them with renewable input energy such as steam and electricity. Thus we guarantee that our customers receive 100 percent sustainable bio-chemicals that generate very low air and water emissions in the manufacturing process.
Using bio-raw materials in the process enhances our ability to impact the CO2 load in society. Furthermore, Sekab has developed and demonstrated technology for manufacturing chemicals and fuel from forest residues, in order to further strengthen development toward a more sustainable society. This makes us the perfect partner for companies that want to reduce their environmental impact.
Sekab’s ambition is to increase demand for renewable products with bio-based raw materials. The goal is to contribute to a better environment by increasing sales and use of bioethanol in our production. By knowing what our customers want, in 2021 we have considerably increased the sale of bio-based products, thus delivering increased added value to our customers.
In 2021, demand for bio-based products has continued to increase at a rapid pace and during the year, we have ISCC Plus-certified our bio-based ethyl acetate, and we also continued to increase our deliveries of bio-based, ISCC Plus- and kosher-certified acetaldehyde and acetic acid. This means that we can now offer our customers a wide selection of guaranteed sustainable and bio-based products. By knowing what our customers want and offering guaranteed sustainable products, we provide our customers with an excellent opportunity to reduce their environmental footprint.
During the year, we also registered with the Article 95 List (Biocidal Products Regulation) in order to continue delivering ethanol for hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant for health and social care. This allows us to develop our products and broaden our selection of ethanol blends even more.
Sekab works continuously to reduce energy use in the operation. Today, all electricity used is renewable and 90% of the steam used in the facility is renewable as well. Some of the steam Sekab uses is produced in our own steam boiler, where we use residual gas from production.
Energy use is followed up regularly and is also considered when changes are made in the process. In 2021, total steam consumption was 98,000 tons, and total electricity consumption was 4,647 MWh.
Air emissions are primarily from process exhaust gases from manufacturing, and through ventilations from storage tanks and unloading.
Sekab’s NOx and TOC emissions are among the lowest in Sweden, relative to the amount of energy produced. In 2021, our TOC emissions amounted to 0.03 mg/m3, which naturally means that the terms were managed with good margins.
To avoid unnecessary emissions, we have equipped all large storage tanks with technical solutions designed to reduce air emissions.
Process water is purified in the biological treatment plant located in the industrial area, after which it is discharged into the recipient system. The biogas produced in the treatment plant is used in the industrial area to produce electricity and district heating, for example.
In 2021, the average value was 1.84 tons of TOC/day, which falls within the applicable terms.
Quantity TOC after combustion in the boiler
Quantity TOC going to bio-purification per day
We are a partner in the EthaDrive project – a rolling showcase for ethanol-powered vehicles and ED95 – along with Agroetanol and Scania, with the support of Norrköping Municipality and the Swedish Energy Agency. The project aims to catalyze faster conversion of heavy transports and provides a verified basis for future climate-smart investment decisions.
We are on the Article 95 List for ethanol for hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant.
Sekab generates some of the lowest NOx and TOC emissions in Sweden, relative to the amount of energy produced.
1909 was the year the first drops of ethanol were produced in the region. It is thus with more than a century of combined experience that we advance to the next generation of sustainable bio-ethanol and innovative solutions in bio-based chemistry.
Our goal is to produce and sell 100% bio-based. During the year, we ISCC Plus-certified our bio-based ethyl acetate. We are the only supplier of sustainable, third-party certified ethyl acetate, for example for nail polish and paint.
We invested 100 million SEK during the year to increase production of chemicals for industrial use made with renewable raw materials.
Sekab is certified in accordance with ISO 14001.
We are increasing our production of acetaldehyde with 30%, which facilitates the production of bioacetic acid.