From its ever improving efficiency and current low carbon footprint materials, it will soon go one step further. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 17, 2016 CO2 Capture to Plastics Yesterday Ford detailed a process in which they will be using CO2 capture along with chemical additions to create new plastics for use in future products. Ford is the first automaker to develop new foams and plastics using captured CO2 for its future vehicle lineup within five years. Formulated with up to 50 percent CO2-based polyols, the foams promise to meets near military grade, automotive test standards. It could be employed in seating and under hood applications, potentially reducing petroleum use by more than 600 million pounds. CO2-derived foam will further reduce the use of fossil fuels in Ford vehicles and increase the presence of sustainable foam in the automaker’s global lineup. Carbon emissions and climate change are of growing concern and plastic manufacturing accounts for nearly 4 percent of the world’s oil use. Ford researchers are hopeful the company’s early steps to use captured carbon in innovative ways will help achieve the long-term goals to reduce global warming. For nearly two decades, researchers have worked diligently to develop sustainable materials for current and future Fords. In North America, soy foam is currently used in every Ford vehicle. Coconut fiber backs trunk liners; recycled tires and soy are in mirror gaskets; recycled T-shirts and denim go into carpeting; and recycled plastic bottles become REPREVE fabric used in the 2016 F-150. Ford began working in 2013 to find applications for captured CO2. Among them is Novomer – a New York-based company that utilizes CO2 captured from manufacturing plants to produce new materials. Through a system of conversions, Novomer produces a polymer than can be formulated into a variety of materials including foam and plastic that are easily recyclable.