The carbon capture technology provider Aker Carbon Capture has marked a new milestone. It has been awarded a feasibility study for the development of two carbon capture facilities for the German chemical manufacturer Röhm. The overall CO2 capture capacity of the projects comes to around 500,000 tons per year in total.
The feasibility study covers Röhm’s major production regions in Germany. It aims to support the decarbonization efforts of both Röhm and the German industry, while also strengthening Aker Carbon Capture’s presence in the German decarbonization market.
According to Steffen Krill, responsible for sustainability transformation at Röhm, the captured CO2 by Aker’s technology represent an opportunity for the company. Röhm could either sequester it in empty gas fields or it can utilize it as a raw material to produce methyl methacrylate.
“For example, CO2 can be converted into methanol or acetone, contributing to the transition to a circular economy,” adds Steffen Krill.
Röhm manufactures methyl methacrylate-based products which are used in paints, materials for the automotive industry, and medical applications. The company announced in May 2022 its net zero by 2050 ambition, claiming it wants to generate no more greenhouse gases by mid-century.
It launched its “Track 2030” initiative which is a reduction of 30% of emissions per ton compared to 2020 of the production or sale of Röhm products.
Greenhouse gas emissions in Germany have also fallen about 40% since 1990, however, CO2 emissions from the industry have remained largely unchanged at 181 million tons in 2021. Aker Carbon Capture could provide a temporary solution to hard-to-abate sectors to reduce their emissions until more sustainable options for the long-run become available.