Arkema Inc. (Colombes, France) and Nippon Shokubai America Industries, Inc. (NAII) (Houston, Texas, USA) are strengthening their commitment to accelerate the decarbonization of energy sources by entering into a long-term power purchase agreement with EDF Energy Services, LLC (EDF) (Houston, Texas, USA) intended for 100% of their expected annual energy usage supplied by wind power.
EDF Renewables North America (San Diego, California, USA), the renewable energy affiliate of the EDF Group, will supply American Acryl L.P. (Bayport, Texas, USA), a joint venture between Arkema and NAII that manufactures acrylic monomers, with renewable wind energy from a portion of its King Creek Wind Farm 1, LLC in Haskell and Throckmorton counties in Texas.
“This agreement further implements Arkema’s commitments to reduce GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions by 46% by 2030 relative to 2019 under its reinforced climate plan in line with expectations of the Paris Agreement to contain global warming to 1.5 °C [34.7 °F],” says Richard Rennard, president, acrylic monomers, Americas at Arkema.
“Arkema is continuously innovating to offer more sustainable acrylic materials from renewable routes, safer and high durability performance, furthering lower carbon footprint solutions and market-leading solutions to its customers in applications like coatings, inks, 3D printing, adhesives, composites, hygiene, and water treatment. Together with our industry partners, we’re accelerating decarbonization along the acrylic value chain.”
“Nippon Shokubai Group has established and released ‘TechnoAmenity for the future,’ the long-term vision for the future growth of the Nippon Shokubai Group in 2030,” says Kenta Kanaida, president of NAII. In the long-term vision, one of the core pillars is strategic transformation for environmental initiatives, which means promoting initiatives for sustainability to achieve carbon neutral by 2050.”
“Using 100% renewable energy by entering this contract is the concrete first step at our North America base,” adds Kanaida. “This also enables us to greatly reduce CO2 emissions associated with the production of superabsorbent polymers produced at the same site as American Acryl. Nippon Shokubai Group will keep contributing to the realization of a sustainable society by meeting needs of customers and society, and providing innovative technologies and products.”
“We are excited to offer a renewable wind energy solution that allows American Acryl to achieve their sustainability goals,” says Deborah Merrill, president, retail energy supply and services at EDF Energy Services.
Source: Arkema, www.arkema.com.