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When it comes to climate, Decathlon is ambitious: the international outdoor sports brand wants to reduce CO2 emissions by 53% by 2026. Biobased chemistry is going to play an important role in achieving this, according to Mansuy Rocquin, Product & Application Engineer at Decathlon. He was speaking at the 9th Biorizon event on 1 December.
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Rocquin pointed at the production of biostyrene, one of the bio-aromatics that Biorizon is developing. “That is really interesting for us because we use a lot of styrene in our rubber (SBR) products.” In sports shoes, the soft rubber-like products account for almost a third of CO2 emissions.

The fact that biobased chemicals are not significantly more expensive than fossil chemicals is important in this regard. However, paramount is that the quality of the end products remains at least equal. After all, Decathlon produces sporting goods. “Biobased or not, we do not make any concessions on performance.”

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