Beiersdorf, Evonik Enter Research JV

Beiersdorf and Evonik have reached an agreement on a research partnership that aims to develop sustainable raw materials for care products using carbon dioxide (CO2) as the starting material. Beiersdorf says it is looking for new sources of raw materials that will also reduce the company’s carbon footprint. One option here is artificial photosynthesis technology. The idea: with the aid of electricity from solar energy and bacteria, valuable raw materials are produced with water and CO2, drawing on natural photosynthesis as a model.

The joint research project is being funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the amount of around €1 million. If Beiersdorf succeeds in using CO2 as a source for the raw materials used in its care products, this will reduce the company’s carbon footprint as well as the land used for renewable resources. Evonik is developing the technology platform needed for artificial photosynthesis together with Siemens in the Rheticus project funded by the BMBF. Evonik believes that the research cooperation just launched with the skin care specialist Beiersdorf, which is independent of the cooperation with Siemens, is an opportunity for the specialty chemicals maker to expand the future product portfolio for artificial photosynthesis.



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