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Hydrogen, CCS and e-cracking: Can Dow decarbonise its largest European chemicals plant?

By District Energy posted 09-28-2022 06:20




Dow is one of the largest materials science and chemicals firms in the world. Even if you haven’t heard of them, you will have interacted with their productions and solutions, which are integrated across an array of sectors, including food packaging, furniture, crops and more.

“Our products are everywhere,” Dow’s EMEAI Operations Vice president Kepa Diaz de Mendibil says, as he explains the company’s new three-phase plan to decarbonise its largest European site.

Consisting of 16 factories, a 90MW combined heat and power plant, 3,550 employees, and Dow’s international Research & Development Center, the Terneuzen site is the company’s second-largest globally and is a carbon-intensive, industrial behemoth.

It is also acting as the test bed for Dow’s decarbonisation plans, which include an ambition to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

The company announced last year that it plans to reduce the site’s overall carbon emissions by 40% by 2030, and then aim for that carbon-neutral ambition by 2050.

Dow has split this plan into three phases that will require a massive amount of trust in innovation and low-carbon development, namely in the areas of hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS).

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