Green Innovation: Irving-Based Celanese Begins Operations to Convert CO2 Waste Into Useful Products in Texas

The products will be launched under the ECO-CC name, representing a new era of eco-conscious manufacturing by transforming CO2 waste into a range of sustainable products. The ECO-CC range is expected to encompass a variety of end products used in major industries, including consumer goods like toys and paints as well as industrial applications

Celanese's ECO-CC product line, designed for customers seeking eco-friendly options, features products created using carbon capture technology. [Image: Celanese video screenshot]

Irving-based global specialty materials and chemical company Celanese Corp. has begun operating a carbon capture and utilization project at its Clear Lake, Texas, site as part of its Fairway Methanol joint venture with Mitsui & Co. Ltd.

“With this project, our Celanese value chain can convert CO2 waste into products for a wide array of end-markets, including consumer goods like adhesives, packaging, toys, paints, coatings, and more,” Mark Murray, SVP of Acetyls at Celanese, said in a statement. “Our globally-integrated value chain positions us to provide a wide range of solutions with carbon capture content across both our integrated Acetyl Chain as well as other methanol-derived products like acetal copolymers.”

Celanese said it is leveraging carbon capture and utilization (CCU) to offer low-carbon options across its acetyl chain and engineered materials products to help customers meet the growing demand for more sustainable and circular solutions. According to the company, the project is expected to capture 180,000 metric tons of CO2 industrial emissions and produce 130,000 metric tons of low-carbon methanol per year.

Products to be launched under ECO-CC name

It said the products will be launched under the ECO-CC name and be transparently supported via mass balance tracking and life cycle assessment processes.

The company said that CCU takes CO2 industrial emissions that otherwise would be emitted into the atmosphere from both Celanese and third-party sources and applies reduced-carbon-intensity hydrogen to chemically convert the captured CO2 into a methanol building block used for downstream production.

The low-carbon input is then used to reduce traditional fossil fuel-based raw materials and can help produce a wide range of end products across most major industries. Third-party sources account for 80% of the captured CO2 waste, the company said.

Celanese said that unlike the more commonly referenced carbon capture and sequestration, where captured CO2 emissions are injected into and stored in the ground, CCU fosters circularity by using CO2 emissions to create products that can reduce the need for fossil fuels.

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