Kuva: VTT

Chemistry enables the entire bioeconomy. Without chemical expertise and know-how, it would be impossible to utilise different types of biomass intelligently and sustainably. From the manufacture of fertilisers needed for biomass cultivation to refining of biowaste, chemical companies, are involved in the entire biomass cycle. Clean water is also part of bioeconomy, and Finland is one of the global leaders in water chemistry.

The use of bio-based raw materials is increasing. Approximately one third of the chemical companies in Finland use bio-based raw materials. Boosted by novel technologies and co-operation, the use of these raw materials as well as various biotechnological solutions is on the increase. Many of the products, such as tall oil based chemicals, CMC, xylitol, renewable diesel and bioethanol, are almost entirely made of renewable raw materials. In other products, such as paints, adhesives, cosmetics and rubber products, some of the raw materials are plant-based. Additionally, Finland has some highly advanced industrial enzyme research and production.