Ketjen aspires to be the best in our industry by focusing on our people, planet, and profitability.
Our strategy includes advancing sustainability by implementing processes and best practices to achieve sector-leading environmental, social, and governance performance and enable our customers’ sustainability ambitions. We acknowledge our responsibility to address the impact of our operations on the environment, and our corporate values – Care, Curiosity, Integrity & Transparency – are driving our actions to reduce carbon intensity.
We support the goals of the Paris Agreement - to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C (WB2C) - and are pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. This is not only the right thing to do, but it will also strengthen our competitive position, improve our operational efficiency, and create value for our stakeholders. We are committed to and have begun our journey to achieve science-based environmental targets by reducing CO2 emissions and by promoting circularity in our production processes.
Paths to Circularity
Ketjen has always been curious in viable methods to increase sustainability. Ketjen has many decades of research to utilize to improve existing value chains in renewable fuels production. Ketjen also active in development of new economic value chains in waste plastic oil recycling, where we are building on our previous experience in cellulosic py-oil hydroprocessing. Each of these fields are complex problems to solve and we have active research adding to our previous knowledge in both hydroprocessing applications.
Ketjen was the first catalyst supplier introducing specific products for the hydroprocessing of renewable feedstocks. Now with more than 15 years’ experience and more than 50 cycles in co-processing renewables operation, we have developed superior grades like ReNewFine™ to handle the challenges associated with renewables operations. These can be used to convert existing units to renewables units with hydrotreating up to 100% vegetable oil feed.
Currently, recycling of waste plastics is driven mainly by demand from brand owners with ambitions to produce more sustainable products. Pyrolysis has been proven at demonstration scales but scaling up these technologies requires support from governments and regulators.
Conversion of waste plastic oils to petrochemical raw materials and fuels can be accomplished using existing refinery assets. However, the nature of waste plastic oils is different from that of conventional crudes and varies widely depending on the origin of waste plastics.
ReNewSTAX™, a catalyst sequencing and reaction optimization technology, is the best way to utilize all our experience in renewable feed hydroprocessing, from traditional vegetable oils to Used Cooking Oil (UCO) and animal fats, in units operating with hydrogen partial pressure outlet as low as 25 bar.