Chapter 6. Ethylene from Renewable Resources

  1. Mikael Kjellin PhD industrial research leader3 and
  2. Ingegärd Johansson4
  1. Anna Lundgren1 and
  2. Thomas Hjertberg2

Published Online: 11 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470686607.ch6

Surfactants from Renewable Resources

Surfactants from Renewable Resources

How to Cite

Lundgren, A. and Hjertberg, T. (2010) Ethylene from Renewable Resources, in Surfactants from Renewable Resources (eds M. Kjellin and I. Johansson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470686607.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 3

    YKI, Institute for Surface Chemistry, Stockholm, Sweden

  2. 4

    AkzoNobel Surfactants, Stenungsund, Sweden

Author Information

  1. 1

    Stiftelsen Chalmers Industriteknik, Gothenburg, Sweden

  2. 2

    Borealis AB, Stenungsund, Sweden

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 5 FEB 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Renewable Resources

Book Series Editors:

  1. Christian V. Stevens

Series Editor Information

  1. Department of Organic Chemistry, Ghent University, Belgium

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470760413

Online ISBN: 9780470686607



  • ethylene from renewable resources;
  • ethylene, important intermediate in chemical industry;
  • ethylene oxide - key material in surfactant and detergent production;
  • fossil fuel streams - ethane, propane, butane and naphtha;
  • starch-based plastics, polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) and polylactic acid (PLA);
  • renewable feedstocks for polymers;
  • ‘peak oil scenario’;
  • EU directive and electricity consumption from renewable resources;
  • ethylene production from renewable feedstock;
  • bioethylene commercialization


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Why Produce Ethylene from Renewable Resources?

  • Production of Ethylene from Renewable Feedstock

  • Commercialization of Bioethylene

  • Environmental Impact of Bioethylene

  • Certificate of Green Carbon Content

  • Concluding Remarks

  • References