Shaping a more circular future for electricity and electronics

SHANGHAI, January 11, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Covestro, an innovative pioneer in sustainable polymers, is redefining the production and consumption of engineering plastics in the electrical and electronics industry. From delivering sustainable products and promoting circular design concepts to building value chain collaborations, Covestro is committed to providing a full range of sustainable solutions and shaping a circular future for the industry. electric and electronic.

Global Industrial Marketing Manager for Electronics and Electricity, Engineering Plastics, Covestro, Nan Hu said: “Moving towards a circular economy is our commitment to the world. Covestro works closely with the value chain to shape a circular future for the electrical and electronics industry through our comprehensive green solutions. “

Environmental awareness is reforming the E&E industry

Today, people are increasingly concerned about the irreversible impact that our way of life is having on our planet. Driven by trends in sustainability and carbon neutrality, the technology giants of the electrical and electronics industry illustrate the social responsibilities of companies by making sustainable ambitions their strategic priorities. Circularity is becoming the key innovation driver for electrical and electronic brands. It is safe to say that future trends in new product development will include the use of more environmentally friendly and low carbon materials.

Complete PCR solutions with upcycling technology

Plastic waste has long been viewed as a huge challenge for sustainability. To close the materials loop, Covestro has introduced a portfolio of products containing high quality “post-consumer recycled” (PCR) polycarbonates to enable electrical and electronics brands to achieve their sustainability ambitions.

Covestro offers a broad portfolio of PCRs, including Makrolon®, Bayblend® and Makroblend®. Coverstro’s PCR products offer high quality comparable to virgin grades, with proven performance in terms of toughness and heat resistance, and sporting a thin-walled design with flame retardant additives. Our high-grade product with up to 75% post-consumer recycled polycarbonate can reduce carbon emissions by up to 50%. Covestro follows strict supplier management and comprehensive quality control systems to ensure safe, traceable and high quality materials, meeting the high standards of the electrical and electronics industry and the quality standards of the EPEAT Ecolabel. In addition, Covestro’s PCR solution offers good colorability allowing it to meet aesthetic design requirements, helping designers to develop products that are attractive to end consumers.

Covestro’s PCR solution has been widely recognized by global brands and adopted in electrical and electronic applications around the world, such as laptops, smart speakers, network devices, service robots, etc. Covestro stands alongside its consumers to take care of the world we live in and is committed to delivering low carbon and recycling commitments to society through a diverse portfolio of sustainable products, as well as a supply chain and stringent quality controls, enabling elevation of brand value for electrical and electronic brands.

Progress towards carbon neutrality thanks to alternative raw materials

Polymers tend to be closely related to raw materials of fossil origin. As a key step in achieving full circularity, Covestro is actively exploring raw materials alternatives to fossil raw materials in order to reduce the environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Working with a value chain partner, Covestro is already supplying ISCC PLUS certified polycarbonates, to which renewable raw materials from biological waste and residues have been assigned through a mass balance approach.h, resulting in a significant reduction in the carbon footprint.

Additionally, through the use of renewable energies, Covestro plans to deliver the world’s first climate neutral polycarbonate resin later this year, which is expected to completely reduce the carbon emissions of these select products from cradle to door. .

Promote circular design strategies

Design is an essential driver of the transition from a linear economy to a circular economy. The key is to consider the product’s end of life during the initial design phase. By using circular design strategies, the disposal of electrical and electronic devices can be recycled and reused more efficiently. Subsequently, the efficiency of materials will be improved and carbon emissions reduced.

Covestro created the first circular design guide specifically designed for the electrical and electronics industry. This guide is designed to help designers, developers and other value chain actors consider the circular economy from the outset of product design, as well as provide guidance on how to select materials.

Additionally, Covestro’s color and design team offers CMF (color, material, finish) guides for integrating the aesthetic CMF design into Covestro’s portfolio of more sustainable polycarbonate materials and promoting a design approach that combines l aesthetic with a circular design.

Collaborate with value chain partners

A collaborative effort is required from all stakeholders to achieve a circular economy. Covestro works with our partners to develop the recycling value chain. For example, we have partnered with Chinese beverage supplier Nongfu Spring and recycler Ausell to create a recycling value chain to meet the growing demand for high quality, traceable and recyclable plastic granules as a raw material. Going forward, Covestro looks forward to working with more and more partners across the value chain to achieve our fully circular ambition.

Gibson Zhou
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SOURCE Covestro SA

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