Webinar with Evonik deputy chairman

19 August, 2021

The ECCT was invited to join a joint regional European chamber webinar featuring guest speaker Harald Schwager, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik Industries.

Read the full event report here.

The online event was arranged by European Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ECCK) as the latest instalment of its webinar series on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in which global executives share their companies’ insights and efforts to contribute to the SDGs. In addition to its own membership, ECCK opened the webinar series to all members of the European Business Organisation Worldwide Network (EBOWWN), which includes the ECCT.

In his presentation, the speaker gave an introduction to his company and how it is contributing to reaching SDGs. As one of the world’s leading producers of specialty chemicals, Evonik is not a major producer of end products, but its materials are important components that improve the quality and sustainability of a variety of products ranging from tyres to mattresses, medications, and animal feeds.

He went on to cite examples of products and solutions that are contributing to SDG goals. For example, Evonik manufactures specialty lipids which are essential for mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccines.

Evonik scientists’ long-term intention is to turn salmon, shrimp, and other marine animals into vegetarians by replacing the fishmeal and fish oil produced from wild-caught fish that is used in feeds.

Evonik is working with Siemens Energy to develop an efficient and powerful test plant that will use carbon dioxide (CO2) and water as well as electricity from renewable sources and bacteria to produce specialty chemicals. 

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