Solvay and AkzoNobel partner with EY to develop monitoring system that tracks and quantifies the use of renewable raw materials

Brussels, 9-5-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — Solvay and AkzoNobel have joined forces with EY (Ernst & Young) to jointly develop a monitoring system that tracks and quantifies the use of renewable raw materials in paints, coatings and other applications.

The partnership builds on last year’s agreement between AkzoNobel and Solvay, whereby the company progressively increases the use of Solvay’s bio-based epichlorohydrin, or Epicerol®, in its coatings products

Rather than buying Epicerol® directly from Solvay, AkzoNobel obtains epoxy resins from a number of intermediate producers. The company then uses these epoxy resins as ingredients in various coatings.

Under this new agreement, Solvay, AkzoNobel and EY will develop a “chain of custody methodology” to ensure that even in situations where no physical segregation of petro and bio-based materials is practiced, volumes may still be assigned and reported.

“This is a vital next step to measure and share with partners our progress in using Solvay’s bio-based epichlorohydrin,” explained Peter Nieuwenhuizen, AkzoNobel’s Director of Innovation and Partnerships.

Added Jean-Luc Préat, Head of the Epicerol® business in Solvay’s Emerging Biochemicals Global Business Unit: “We welcome the expertise of EY to monitor progress in the implementation of this innovative partnership along the value chain.”

Epicerol® has a substantially lower carbon footprint than fossil-produced epichlorohydrin and is already used in AkzoNobel’s coating products worldwide. By 2016, the company aims to source 20 percent of its total epichlorohydrin demand as bio-based material.

“This methodology will not just be useful for Epicerol, but can be applied more broadly in chemical value chains,” said Franc van den Berg, EY partner for Cleantech and Sustainability. “This is an important enabler for establishing a stronger position for bio-based chemicals in the chemical business.”

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As an international chemical group, SOLVAY assists industries in finding and implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions. Solvay generates 90% of its net sales in activities where it is among the world’s top three players. It serves many markets, varying from energy and the environment to automotive and aeronautics or electricity and electronics, with one goal: to raise the performance of its clients and improve society’s quality of life. The group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 29,400 people in 56 countries and generated 9.9 billion euros in net sales in 2013. Solvay SA is listed as SOLB.BE on NYSE Euronext in Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB:BB – Reuters: SOLB.BR).

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 50,000 people around the world are committed to delivering leading products and technologies to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing world.

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