Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pulp and paper news: Report says green chemical industry to soar

Green chemical industry posed to grow
in the pulp and paper field.
Pulp and Paper Canada news recently reported that the green chemistry represents a market opportunity that will grow from $2.8 billion in 2011 to $98.5 billion by 2020, based on a report from Pike Research.

The report examines the three major segments of the green chemical market: waste minimization in conventional synthetic chemical processes, green replacements for conventional chemical products, and the use of renewable feedstocks to produce chemicals and materials with smaller environmental footprints than those produced by current processes.

"Green chemistry markets are currently nascent, with many technologies still at laboratory or pilot scale," Pike Research president Clint Wheelock was quoted in the article, "and many production-scale green chemical plants are not expected to be running at capacity for several more years.

"However, most green chemical companies are targeting large, existing chemical markets, so adoption of these products is limited less by market development issues than by the ability to feed extant markets at required levels of cost and performance."

Green alternative chemicals to grow

Pike Research forecasts that green alternatives in the polymer sector will represent the highest penetration level (5.7%) within the total chemical market, as it is somewhat more developed than the other key sectors.

The report notes that there has been a great deal of activity in the development of renewable feedstocks for a wide range of chemical processes, both replacements for commonly used "merchant molecules" and new compounds with interesting and commercially valuable properties.

Most renewable feedstocks are produced through biological processes (primarily fermentation of plant sugars into the desired compounds or their intermediates) or thermal and chemical processes applied to cellulosic materials such as wood, agricultural waste, or non-food plants like switchgrass.

According to the Pike Green Chemistry report, much of the bio-based segment is nascent. However, this segment "perhaps has the greatest long-term potential to revolutionize the chemical industry."

Technologies are just a few steps beyond the laboratory and production facilities are a few years from reaching their modest full production levels. The bio-based segment of the market excluding biofuels is liable to grow slowly over the next few years.

An executive summary of the report is available for free download on the firm's website. Pike Research is a market research and consulting firm that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets.

Source: Pulp and Paper Canada News

Air quality and the pulp and paper industry

Paper mills also have a considerable effect on humans in terms of occupational hazards and environmental impact.

Pulp and paper mills use a variety of chemical substances that are potentially hazardous to human health. Many of these chemicals have been linked to serious conditions such as cancer and respiratory diseases and exposure may happen at any stage during the paper-making process.

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