This report on decarbonisation options for the Dutch polycarbonate industry is part of the MIDDEN project (Manufacturing Industry Decarbonisation Data Exchange Network) initiated by PBL and TNO. The project aims to support industry, policymakers, analysts and the energy sector in their common efforts to achieve deep decarbonisation.
Polycarbonate production in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands, SABIC Innovative Plastics Bergen op Zoom is the only large-scale polycarbonate producer. Polymer blends, containing polycarbonate but also other polymers, are produced at the site and are used for a wide variety of applications and end-products. The Netherlands produces about 20% of the total European polycarbonate production. The polycarbonate consumption is dominated by four main sectors: Building and Construction, Electrical & Electronics industries, Optical Media and Automotive.
Decarbonisation options include fuel substitution
Fuel substitution technologies enabling the decarbonisation of SABIC’s steam supply include the use of an electrode boiler, the combustion of biomass, hydrogen combustion and geothermal energy. Prerequisites for these decarbonisation technologies include the availability of renewable electricity and sustainably sourced biomass.