|Visionary insights about sustainability and circular economy at the beginning of the 21th century led to a paradigm shift from a fossil based economy towards ultimately a fully biobased economy, using raw materials in abundance without depletion of natural resources.|
Technological efforts to produce renewable energy have led to a ‘green economy’ made available from a governmental system of subsidies. Production subsidies have lead to imposed techniques (wind, solar, biomass) in order to meet renewable energy goals.
One should not expect people or companies to pay more in the long run for renewable products only for the sake of sustainability while the quality of the fossil alternative is often better, or its price is lower (e.g. energy and bio based chemicals).
In the next decade, innovative companies like ChainCraft will develop breakthrough technologies based on ‘the balance of nature’, meaning that techniques and production methods will become circular without depletion of natural resources. Instead of focusing on the traditional chemical conversion of fossil raw materials we should focus on nature and its ecosystems within, in order to copy these systems on an industrial scale; output (waste) of a process (natural system) will be input for another ecosystem.
ChainCraft’s goal is to maximize the replacement of fossil raw materials by making use of second generation bio-based raw materials derived from food- feed- & agricultural waste streams. Unlike fossil raw materials, the production of biobased chemicals does not contribute negatively to global CO2 emissions.
Biomass derived building blocks may not compete with food production. Therefore ChainCraft seeks high quality re-use of second-generation biomass with applications high on the biomass value pyramid.