New Energy Solutions and A Circular Economy: Trends for the Specialty Chemicals Industry in 2024
There has been a significant shift in the chemical industry towards developing and using green specialty chemicals. This change has resulted from the growing awareness of the environmental impact of traditional chemical products and a global push for sustainability.
While bio-based and renewable solutions are the driving factors towards shaping the industry’s future, the specialty chemicals manufacturing sector is also focusing on energy management and a circular economy.
Energy Efficiency Goals
Lower energy consumption reduces the environmental footprint and operational costs, making the production process more sustainable and economical. According to inputs reported by Reuters, the global leading multimedia news provider, The Global Carbon Budget report, published during the COP28 climate summit, said that overall CO2 emissions reached a record high last year.
This makes it essential for companies in the specialty chemicals industry to invest in energy-efficient technologies to improve production methods and meet their energy management and carbon neutrality goals for a more sustainable future. These initiatives, such as process optimization, heat integration, and cogeneration, aim to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, companies are also adopting the use of renewable energy sources, including solar and wind power. This transition to cleaner energy sources and implementing energy management strategies can reduce the carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future for the industry.
A circular economy aims to promote resource efficiency, recycling, and the recovery of valuable materials. Chemical manufacturers are adopting circular economy strategies to minimize waste, increase recycling, and develop innovative processes to recover and reuse chemicals. By embracing these principles, the specialty chemicals industry will aim to reduce its negative impact on the environment and create a more sustainable and resilient manufacturing ecosystem.
Driven by evolving consumer demands, technological advancements, and an increasing focus on sustainable solutions, the global specialty chemicals market is poised for substantial growth between 2023 and 2030. According to MarketsandMarkets, a leading publisher of market research reports, the global specialty chemicals market was valued at USD 272 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 364 billion by 2028, growing at 5.0 percent CAGR during the forecast period.
This rapid growth has reinforced the need for companies to embrace eco-friendly innovations and set a new standard for sustainability. DKSH is actively working with EcoVadis, a leading global CSR rating company, to run its Responsible Suppliers Program. The program monitors and assesses the social, ethical, human rights, and environmental performance of DKSH Performance Materials’ suppliers with the aim of ensuring a shared commitment to sustainability and supply chain transparency. Contact us to learn more.