At the Chemelot chemical site in Sittard/Geleen, Fibrant produces Caprolactam, the raw material for nylon. This releases a lot of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that is 298 times stronger than CO2. In Europe, the production of one kilo of Caprolactam leads to an average emission of 6.5 kilo CO2 equivalents. Together with former plant owner DSM, Fibrant invested heavily in reducing its nitrous oxide emissions by 75%. This almost halved its carbon footprint to 3.3 kilos of CO2 equivalents.
Contributing to climate goals
Thanks to this reduction, Fibrant achieves 30% of the Chemelot ambition to 2030 and more than 4% of the ambition of Dutch industry as a whole to 2030. In this way, the company contributes to the main goals of the Chemelot strategy: to become the most sustainable, safe and competitive materials and chemical site in Europe. “We are proud that we are already making such a significant contribution to the climate goals. Other companies on Chemelot are also currently preparing major projects that will further reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Chemelot CEO Loek Radix.
Fibrant, part of Highsun Group China (HSCC), has already defined additional programs for reducing its carbon footprint. By 2040, Fibrant wants its production to be completely climate-neutral. The Dutch Department of Economic Affairs and Climate helped Fibrant with an interest-free loan of €30 million to accelerate the sustainability of the production process.