Beiersdorf and Evonik agreed on a research partnership to develop sustainable raw materials for care products, using carbon dioxide as the starting material. The companies are determining which raw materials can be produced with the aid of artificial photosynthesis and could potentially be suitable for care products. While this has already been observed in the early stages of several other industries, this application is in its infancy in the cosmetics industry.
Evonik is developing the technology platform needed for artificial photosynthesis together with Siemens in the Rheticus project funded by the BMBF.
The joint research project of Evonik and Beiersdorf is being funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with around €1 million. The research project is part of BMBF’s P2X II project launched in September 2019 as one of the projects of Kopernikus, one of the biggest German research initiatives in the area of the energy transition. A total of 42 partners are involved in the P2X II project. The aim is to develop processes that use renewable energy to produce high-quality products.