Arkema Inc. and Nippon Shokubai American Industries Inc. (NAII), through joint venture American Acryl L.P., are entering into a long-term power purchase agreement with EDF Energy Services LLC (EDF). American Acryl is an acrylic monomer manufacturer located in Bayport, Texas. Through the agreement, American Acryl intends for 100% of its expected annual energy usage to be supplied by wind power.

“This agreement further implements Arkema’s commitments to reduce GHG emissions by 46% by 2030, relative to 2019, under its reinforced climate plan, in line with expectations of the Paris Agreement, to contain global warming to 1.5 °C.,” said Richard Rennard, president, acrylic monomers, Americas at Arkema.

“Arkema is continuously innovating to offer more sustainable acrylic materials from renewable routes, safer and high durability performance, furthering lower carbon footprint solutions, and market-leading solutions to its customers in applications like coatings, inks, 3D printing, adhesives, composites, hygiene, and water treatment,” Rennard continued. “Together with our industry partners, we’re accelerating decarbonization along the acrylic value chain.”

EDF Renewables North America, the renewable energy affiliate of the EDF Group, will supply the American Acryl Bayport site with renewable wind energy from a portion of its King Creek Wind Farm 1 LLC in Haskell and Throckmorton counties in Texas.

“Nippon Shokubai Group has established and released ‘TechnoAmenity for the future,’ the long-term vision for the future growth of the Nippon Shokubai Group in 2030,” said Kenta Kanaida, president, Nippon Shokubai America Industries Inc. “In the long-term vision, one of the core pillars is strategic transformation for environmental initiatives, which means promoting initiatives for sustainability to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.”

“Using 100% renewable energy by entering this contract is the concrete first step at our North America base,” Kanaida continued. “This also enables us to greatly reduce CO2 emissions associated with the production of superabsorbent polymers produced at the same site as American Acryl. Nippon Shokubai Group will keep contributing to the realization of a sustainable society by meeting the needs of customers and society, and providing innovative technologies and products.”

“We are excited to offer a renewable wind energy solution that allows American Acryl to achieve their sustainability goals,” said Deborah Merrill, president, retail energy supply & services at EDF Energy Services.

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