We are on a quest to create a greener world

One of the most sustainable companies in the chemical industry

Sustainability is at the core of Forchem’s business ideology and strategy: We use sustainably sourced crude tall oil and upgrade it into value-added solutions that replace fossil-based materials. We put great emphasis on safeguarding the environment and sustainability in all our operations.

We ensure our operations are objectively audited by reputable partners. In 2019, Forchem’s long-term investments in sustainability were recognized and rewarded with a gold medal by EcoVadis, the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings. According to EcoVadis’ rating, Forchem is in the top 3% of companies assessed by EcoVadis in it’s sector. Read more about our EcoVadis reward here.

Renewable raw material

Our raw material, tall oil, is an environmentally sound raw material right from the start. Pine, used as the raw material for tall oil, is a renewable natural resource growing in northern forests.

Crude tall oil is intentionally produced as a side stream of kraft pulping process, part of paper and board production. Forchem upgrades crude tall oil into value-adding solutions that replace fossil-based raw materials in a wide range of products used every day.

”99% of the energy we use is renewable, produced from our own raw material and other wood-based biofuels.”

Environmental principles

All our production processes have been designed according to the principles of sustainable development, which means that they result in a minimal environmental footprint.

Our business is part of circular economy: We purchase our raw material and steam from pulp mills. We upgrade side products of pulping process into valuable products. All raw material that Forchem cannot upgrade, as well as the pitch generated in the upgrading process, are sold back to pulp mills for energy use.

99% of the energy we use is renewable, produced from our own raw material and other wood-based biofuels. Wood-based bioenergy is carbon neutral since growing trees bind the emitted carbon dioxide from air. Due to this, the carbon footprint of the relatively energy-intensive tall oil distillation process is low.

The Rauma production unit is located close to the raw material sources. This enables efficient logistic chains and thereby reduced overall emissions.

Low carbon solutions

To indicate our environmental sustainability and corporate responsibility, we have calculated carbon footprints individually per product.

TOFA

Tall oil fatty acid
for2

Forchem´s TOFA has only 10 % of emissions compared to its substitute soybean oil. The carbon footprint of Forchem TOFA is only 94gCO2eq./kg, whereas soybean oil has significantly higher carbon footprint with 920gCO2eq./kg.

DTO

Distilled tall oil
for25/30

Forchem´s DTO has only 10 % of emissions compared to its substitute soybean oil. The carbon footprint of Forchem DTO is only 92gCO2eq./kg, whereas soybean oil has significantly higher carbon footprint with 920gCO2eq./kg.

TOR

Tall oil rosin
for85

Forchem´s TOR has only 9 % of emissions compared to its substitute gum rosin. Its carbon footprint is only 89gCO2eq./kg, whereas gum rosin has a significantly higher footprint with 980gCO2eq./kg.

FORTOP600

Liquid Biofuel
for combustion

Forchem's Fortop600 has only 3% of emissions compared to its substitute heavy fuel oil (HFO). Carbon footprint for production of Fortop600 is 3gCO2eq./MJ, whereas production of HFO causes emissions of 90gCO2eq./MJ. Combustion of Fortop600 is carbon-free.