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LANXESS will Eliminate Climate Gas Emissions Almost Completely at its Porto Feliz Site

Published on 2008-10-09. Author : SpecialChem

Leverkusen -- Specialty chemicals group LANXESS AG is building its own innovative, highly efficient cogeneration plant at its Brazilian site in Porto Feliz for the combined generation of steam and electricity. The new plant will operate with bagasse, the fibrous components of sugar cane that are left over from sugar production. Through the use of this renewable, environmentally friendly fuel, energy generation becomes completely CO2-neutral, which basically means that no more CO2 is released into the atmosphere than is later absorbed again by the sugar cane plants. A start was made back in 2003 to gradually replace fossil fuels with renewable raw materials for the site's energy production. When the new power plant comes into operation in 2010, LANXESS will be able to almost entirely eliminate its output of harmful gases at this site. Annual CO2 emissions from 2010 will be around 44,000 metric tons less than in 2002. The state-of-the-art cogeneration plant has an efficiency level of up to 90 percent.

"The deployment of resource-conserving, environmentally friendly production processes is an important part of our global sustainability strategy. With the construction of this new power plant, we are establishing an ideal link between ecological and economic factors," says Werner Breuers, a member of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG. The Group is to invest around EUR 7 million in the construction of the plant, which is due to go on stream in 2010. The investment is to be partly financed by the sale of CO2 allowances. In addition, 12 permanent new jobs will be created to operate the plant.


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