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Bergen-op-Zoom companies collaborate to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes

Sabic Innovative Plastics (Bergen-op-Zoom) : 27 January, 2014  (Company News)
Bergen op Zoom City Council has recognised SABIC and Cargill’s continuous efforts to enhance energy efficiency at its Dare To Be Sustainable day. Together they have developed a scheme that allows energy used by SABIC’s production of plastics - destined to become part of cars and domestic appliances - to be turned into steam used by neighbour Cargill.
The steam is piped 600 metres from the SABIC chemical factory to the nearby Cargill facility where it helps power the processing of wheat into starches, sweeteners, and ethanol. Recently, the amount of steam provided to Cargill has increased 4 fold from 12 to 45 tonnes per hour, reducing CO2 emission by 30,000 tonnes – equivalent of halving CO2 emissions of all households in Bergen op Zoom.
 
So far, SABIC has invested EUR 5 million on improvements to its processes to reduce energy consumption. The firm’s relationship with Cargill dates back to 1985, when the 600 meter pipeline was originally built.
 
Jeroen Castelijn, General Manager Manufacturing SABIC in Bergen op Zoom commented: “Energy efficiency is one of the most effective tools available for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Co-generation technology is much more efficient than traditional means of producing steam and power separately and results in lower operating costs, significantly less greenhouse gas emissions and improvement of the site's competitive position. 
 
"The SABIC and Cargill cooperation is a great example of industrial ecology,” said Ad van der Wegen, Alderman, Gemeente Bergen op Zoom City Council. “This project is a large contribution to the city’s objectives to achieve a carbon neutral state by 2025.”
 
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