Green Ethylene Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Green Ethylene in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).

Green Ethylene Price Trend for the Second Half of 2023

Industrial drivers of the ethylene market have been pushing toward eco-friendly methods of production in view of growing environmental concerns, regulatory pressures to minimize carbon footprints, and increasing consumer demand for eco-friendly products. Companies are investing in renewable energy sources, such as biomass or hydrogen, to power ethylene production processes while also exploring novel catalysts and technologies to reduce energy consumption and emissions, thereby promoting a more sustainable ethylene supply chain.

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Green Ethylene Price Trends

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During the end of two quarters of 2023, the oil marketing companies in India raised the procurement price for ethanol derived from C-heavy molasses for the 2023-24 supply season, registering the highest increase in over five years. The reflection of this significant inclination in the prices of ethanol derived from organic sources led to an incline in the prices of green ethylene, too.

This move, announced by the oil ministry, was aimed at boosting ethanol production for blending with petrol, which is a part of India's strategy to increase ethanol blending to 20% by 2025. Furthermore, India, a major crude oil importer, seeks to optimize ethanol production from C-heavy molasses due to concerns over sugar output, halting ethanol production from sugarcane juice or syrup for the season.

C-heavy molasses, a low-sugar by-product of sugar refining, offers an alternative source of production over the traditionally developed methods. However, industry experts express skepticism about the price increase's effectiveness, citing competition from potable liquor, which may limit ethanol availability despite the hike and can thus affect the green ethylene prices negatively.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trend of Green Ethylene is estimated to grow, not steeply but steadily, as the rising demand and large number of investments in the sector may influence the trajectory of prices positively.

Green Ethylene Price Trend for the First Half of 2023

Green ethylene, which is produced using sustainable techniques such as biomass or processes powered by renewable energy, is becoming more and more popular in a variety of industries.

It is essential to the manufacturing of environmentally friendly solvents, sustainable packaging materials, and biodegradable plastics. Additionally, the changing perspective and rising concerns over traditional industrial practices have attracted a remarkable number of investments in this sector, helping it drive its market fundamentals.

During the third and fourth quarters of 2023, the green ethylene market gained investors' interest as a number of new operations were reported in the Asian, European, and North American regions. In the late months of H1 of 2023, Braskem, SCG Chemicals announced advancements in their green ethylene production plants.

The plant aimed at producing green ethylene via sugar cane and using the end product to synthesize bioethanol to cut down the dependency of the North American region on fuel imports from overseas producers. The green ethylene sector also gained popularity after the imposition of OPEC+ on the export rates of Saudi Arabia and the sudden avalanche in the import-dependent countries. These factors favored the northward movement of the green ethylene price trend during the H1 of 2023.

The trend in green ethylene prices in Asian countries such as India and China was also supported by the rise in government initiatives in this sector. The market received ample government funding and with the changing dynamics of the downstream ethylene-based industries, the prices of green ethylene faced upwards.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trend for Green Ethylene is expected to slowly improve in the upcoming quarters as the new age shift of global industries to bio-based products will boost the development of the green ethylene market.

Green Ethylene Price Trend for the Second Half of 2022

Green Ethylene is derived from green ethanol, which is sourced out of biodegradable raw materials like sugarcane, and corn. Green ethylene can be further polymerized to manufacture green biodegradable plastics.

After witnessing a surge in the first half of the year 2022, green ethylene prices finally started stabilizing in the middle of the second half. The fall in the feedstock corn and sugar prices was the major reason for price depreciation. However, the price trend remained positive as the demand dynamic remained stable and growing.

As the green movement has been gaining importance, the demand for eco-friendly substitutes of petrochemicals has been increasing, which called for a positive green ethylene market outlook.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trend for green ethylene are expected to remain positive, as the market demands are on the rise. More research for diversifying the source commodities and cutting upstream costs is underway thereby contributing to the positive outlook for the concerned market.

Green Ethylene Price Trend For the First Half of 2022

Green ethylene is referred to as ethylene that is obtained through renewable feedstocks. Bioethanol, which is obtained via renewable biomass like raw sugars, and corn, serves as the primary feedstock in the manufacturing of green ethylene. Hence, the price trend of green ethylene closely mimic the price trend of bioethanol.

The prices of bioethanol surged throughout the year’s first half as the prices of feedstock corn soared owing to trade restrictions and a lousy harvest in Latin America. In Asia, bioethanol prices averaged 1140 USD/MT Ex-Shanghai, China. While in Europe and the US, bioethanol prices averaged 1075 USD/MT( FOB Hamburg)and 775-870 USD/MT (FOB Texas), respectively.

Hence, due to the inflated feedstock costs amid the robust consumer demand and the increased focus on a carbon-neutral circular economy, the price trend of green ethylene remained on the higher side of the scale globally.

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Green Ethylene is referred to as ethylene that is obtained through renewable feedstocks. Ethanol produced from a renewable source such as sugarcane and corn rather than the fossil oil derivative is used to manufacture green ethylene. It is an excellent sustainable alternative to fossil-derived ethylene as it helps in lowering the carbon footprint by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Green Ethylene
Industrial Uses Polymers/Plasticizers, Chemical Substrates, Solvent, Antifreeze, Fibers
Chemical Formula C2H4
Synonyms Green Ethene
Molecular Weight 28.05 g/mol
Supplier Database Braskem, USA
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery


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Production Processes

  • Production of Green Ethylene from Ethanol Dehydration

In this process, the primary raw material, ethanol derived from fermented sugarcane, is catalytically dehydrated in reactors at high temperatures and moderate pressure. Then separation processes are carried out to separate the desired green ethylene, unreacted ethanol, and impurities. Green ethylene can save up to 60% fossil energy compared to the stream cracking process, and 40% fewer greenhouse gases are emitted compared to the fossil fuel production method.

Methodology

The displayed pricing data is derived through weighted average purchase price, including contract and spot transactions at the specified locations unless otherwise stated. The information provided comes from the compilation and processing of commercial data officially reported for each nation (i.e., government agencies, external trade bodies, and industry publications).

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