2020 Report
Advancing a Circular Economy

2020 Report – Goal Updates

Through innovation and collaboration, Dow will help facilitate the world’s transition to a circular economy, where waste is designed into new products and services

2025 Goal - Advancing a Circular Economy

Dow will collaborate to implement six major projects that deliver solutions and advance the circular economy. Our key performance indicator is the number of projects implemented.

2019 to 2025

Our journey toward 2025

2019 to 2025

Our journey toward 2025

2020 progress

We are refining our strategies and driving our pipeline for circular economy solutions forward by focusing on:

  • Designing materials for a circular economy
  • Stop the waste and close the loop on materials in our operations
  • Enabling others to advance the circular economy
  • Scale business models to keep materials in play

The examples shown exemplify how Dow continues to strive towards commercialization and scale-up of our circular economy R&D portfolio.


2019
Business report circular economy projects through the Sustainable Chemistry Index.
2020
Definition of metrics for circularity impact.
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Businesses report circularity impact on project portfolio.
2025
External recognition of impact of six major circularity projects.
2020 Progress

We are refining our strategies and driving our pipeline for circular economy solutions forward by focusing on:

  • Designing materials for a circular economy
  • Stop the waste and close the loop on materials in our operations
  • Enabling others to advance the circular economy
  • Scale business models to keep materials in play

The examples shown exemplify how Dow continues to strive towards commercialization and scale-up of our circular economy R&D portfolio.

2019 to 2025

Our journey toward 2025

2019
Business report circular economy projects through the Sustainable Chemistry Index.
2020
Definition of metrics for circularity impact.
2021
Businesses report circularity impact on project portfolio.
2025
External recognition of impact of six major circularity projects.

 

2020 Highlights

RENUVA™ Mattress Recycling Program

The RENUVA™ mattress circular economy program sets out to recycle polyurethane (PU) foam from end-of-life mattresses. In collaboration with the value chain, Dow is creating a chemical recycling ecosystem to achieve step-change sustainability impact. RENUVA™ Polyol production is scheduled to commence the second half of 2021 in collaboration with H&S Anlagentechnik, who will supply a turn-key installation, and Eco-mobilier, who will supply PU foam from post-consumer mattresses to a recycling unit at Orrion Chemicals Orgaform in Semoy, France. The RENUVA™ Polyol with up to 50% recycled content can be used as a raw material for new mattresses or other flexible PU foam products. In fact, Dow has already announced a collaboration with Vita Group for the production of flexible PU foams made with RENUVA™ process. The recycling program is advancing the circular economy while also significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Regenerated DOWTHERM™ AR for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)

DOWTHERM™ A is the virgin High Temperature Fluid (HTF) material used for first fill of concentrated solar power (CSP) plants. Due to elevated temperatures HTF fluid slowly degrade and unwanted components are continuously separated as waste. In order to reduce this waste and the environmental impact Dow can, with a partner, reprocess HTF from the waste through a regenerating process. The resulting DOWTHERM™ AR (R stand for regenerated) has the same specification as the virgin material and can directly be used in the CSP plants. The concept is to advance circular economy by closing the loop and extending fluid lifetime by avoiding its end of life as waste or for incineration while giving a CO2 advantage.

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