Where once fossil fuels such as petroleum and natural gas were used, the network "UseCO2" wants to apply carbon dioxid as a sustainable source of carbon. Conventional petroleum-based products such as plastics, clothes or fuels can thus be replaced by climate-friendly alternatives. "UseCO2" encourages the transition towards a sustainable society and supports the independence of petroleum imports.
As a sustainable and almost endless source of carbon, the network "UseCO2" utilizes carbon dioxid from the atmosphere and from industrial emisssion. In particularly, surplus CO2 arises in coal- or gas-fired power plants, in the cement industry, in biogas plants or in fermentation industries such as breweries.
The concentrated and purified CO2 is fixed (or reduced) using microorganisms, plants, algae or by means of chemical-physical syntheses, and is further transformed into basic chemical components such as methane or methanol. Applying conventional processes, one obtains a broad palette of everyday products. In addition, CO2 can be transformed directly into final products, for example via chemical processes.
Based on the raw material CO2, a broad palette of products can be established. The network partners work on plastics, clothes, cleaning agents, lubricants, coatings, cosmetic and medicinal products, as well as energy storages and fuels. Compared to their counterparts from petroleum, the new products leave behind a smaller "carbon footprint" or are even carbon-neutral.
Products on a CO2-basis remove greenhouse gas from the atmosphere. But that in itself does not make a product "green" or climate-friendly. The network "UseCO2" thus strives for a neutral carbon footprint with respect to the complete value chain - from the raw material, the production, until the markting for the final product. "UseCO2"-products are in alignment with global climate targets.
To replace fossile fuels by CO2 is not only a sustainable approach. The economy becomes independent of restricted availability of fossile fuels as well as of the fluctuating prizes; additional incentives arise through the development of innovative technologies. Besides economic interests, the demand for sustainable products comes also from society, and shows up for example in the motto "Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability".