Chemistry Can conserve resources


Chemistry turns by-products and waste into raw materials


Growing demands on the world’s natural resources means we have to become more resource efficient and do more with less.

To respond to this societal need, the chemical industry is developing solutions for better resource efficiency. We design processes and solutions that help turn by-products and waste into new raw materials. We develop products that use less materials while delivering the same or superior performance. By doing this we help other sectors use natural resources more efficiently.

At the same time we look at our own operations to make them more resource efficient. This pays off for both the industry and the environment; we achieve higher product yields in our plants, use fewer resources and reduce both emissions and waste.

Have a look at some concrete projects we are working on now.

Case studies

How good insulation leads to food preservation

Improving the efficiency of solar-powered greenhouses

The route that food undergoes from the farm to our forks is not one without…

Solvents – a key ingredient of durable and sustainable materials

Solvents help make energy efficient products

Solvents dissolve other substances. Water is a solvent, which is easily available and simple and…

Preventing potholes on our roads

An anti-ageing solution increases the road's lifespan by 5 years

Good quality streets should be able to sustain immense traffic, withstand all types of weather…

Preserving wild fish stocks

New process enables production of fish oil from natural marine algae

Every year around one million metric tons of fish oil is produced worldwide and its…

Use residual heat to warm households

Residual heat from Shell's refinery in Rotterdam will heat some 16,000 households in the city

Residual heat generated in oil refineries can be captured and used as a valuable source…

Making chemical plants more resource efficient

Chemical parks make it easier to recover industrial by-products and waste

Using by-products as raw materials for new production processes has become a successful strategy for…

Exchanging by-products to improve resource efficiency

Industrial clusters enable more efficient use of by-products and waste

Using by-products and waste streams as raw materials for new production processes has become a…

Leaving no waste discharge

Citric acid processing creates valuable by-products for various uses

Citric acid is the most widely used organic acid with applications in food, beverage, pharmaceuticals…

Sparing resources with industrial symbiosis

Industrial symbiosis helps cut carbon emissions and reduce waste

Industrial symbiosis is an efficient way for the energy and material-intensive facilities to spare resources…