With volatile oil prices and growing concerns about greenhouse gas emissions, the chemical industry is looking for renewable alternatives to diversify its sources of raw materials. Sugarcane (ethanol) has emerged as an important ingredient to substitute petroleum in the production of Neoprene. These so-called "bioprene" have the same physical and chemical properties as regular neoprene but can offer full recycling capabilities.
- - Sugarcane Benefits - -
Sugarcane ethanol cuts CO2 emissions by 90 percent on recent studies,
compared to fossil fuels, and other sugarcane products with similar low-carbon advantages.
Only a handful of countries produce oil, but more than hundred grow and farm sugarcane.
Focusing our attention on expanding production of clean, renewable materials,
like sugarcane would help enhance energy security and reduce greenhouse gases.
These hundred sugarcane nations which cultivate cane,
are located in the tropics and developing countries.
Expanding sugarcane and renewable energy in these parts of the world,
could create sustainable jobs and increase living standards.
Replacing fossil fuels with ethanol would improve
public health, by making air quality cleaner.
Reducing the harmful exposure to carbon dioxide in our air.
- - Renewable - -
Sugarcane could replace 30 percent or more of the petroleum that
would otherwise be used to manufacture the neoprene.
- - Lower Carbon Footprint - -
Each metric ton of bioprene produced avoids the emissions of
2 to 2.5 metric ton of carbon dioxide on a lifecycle basis.
- - The Development - -
Bioprene is still developing and is in the early stages.
But a number of leading companies have established themselves as major
players in this emerging area.
R&D at Gul are continually looking for greener resources to produce
foam; including Limestone based & Yulex.
We continue to invest time and money in alternatives sources.
Such developments include Algae and Sugarcane based foams.
The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.