Turning waste into added value: CO₂ technology
- A sustainable polyol made with up to 20% CO₂ for soft polyurethane foams
Transforming times: closing the carbon loop
Reuse carbon dioxide Reduce fossil resource consumption Realize sustainable market innovations
- Reuse: Inspired by nature, CO₂ is reused as a valuable raw material in polyol production, shaping a circular economy.
- Reduce: Replacing up to 20% of fossil feedstock with CO₂ reduces our dependence on fossil resources in polyol production.
- Realize: Companies can realize more sustainable products, meeting market demand for more responsible solutions.
- Differentiate: Our CO₂ technology enables all stakeholders along the value chain to take the lead with us in sustainability.
“Novel materials like cardyon® are extremely important for the development and responsible production of sustainable foams. We are pleased to work with Covestro, one of the innovation leaders in the use of alternative raw materials.”
Pioneering the use of carbon dioxide as an alternative raw material
As climate change demands a reduction in world greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide is showing great promise as a new raw material. Our CO₂ technology transforms carbon dioxide from waste into added value. At the core of this innovative technology is a special new catalyst developed in close collaboration with partners. This breakthrough ended a four-decade search by industrial and chemical companies for a viable and efficient way to reuse CO₂ as a raw material in polyol production. The result was the first polyethercarbonate polyol containing up to 20% CO₂, now sold under the cardyon® brand name.
“CO₂ as raw material…the best of both worlds: We can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also use less fossil resources. That’s fantastic.”
Transforming times: Seamlessly embedding CO₂-based polyols into your production processes
We find ourselves at a crossroads. Transforming our own manufacturing processes can help to shape a brighter, more innovative and sustainable future. Covestro makes it easy for businesses to realize more sustainable innovations. Customers have already embedded cardyon® in applications from sport flooring underlays to furniture upholstery. Reusing carbon dioxide, reducing fossil resource consumption and realizing increased sustainability in your sector together is now simple, quick and seamless when you work with Covestro.
“I am proud that Recticel and Covestro are partners on this exciting journey to create more sustainable chemical building blocks.”
Innovative CO₂-based polyol: cardyon® finds applications in many sectors
In its first application, cardyon® polyol was used in manufacturing polyurethane foam for mattresses and furniture upholstery. Covestro steadily expanded the portfolio of CO₂-based polyols and enabled a range of new applications. Our cardyon® found use in other industry segments as a polyurethane binder in sports flooring underlays, and then in a range of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) applications as well as flexible foams for car interiors. As this innovative technology continues to mature, elastic textile fibers are also on the verge of market maturity.
“We attach great importance to using sustainable raw materials and are always on the lookout for ecologically sensible alternatives to conventional products. Ideally, even the quality of the product can be improved. Covestro guarantees exactly that with cardyon®.”
Covestro: Sustained track record in CO₂ technology
“Finally we can bring a product into the market that really has a positive impact on the environment.”