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Improving our oceans

Heerlen, NL, 02 Oct 2017

Working with partners

Healthy oceans are critical to sustaining life; regulating our climate, contributing more than half of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere, and serving as our largest source of protein. As a company committed to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including Climate Action (SDG 13) and Life Below Water (SDG 14), we continuously innovate and work with partners to develop solutions that are better for people and the planet.

DSM therefore teamed up with The Ocean Cleanup’s ambitious mission to develop advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Founded in 2013 by Boyan Slat, The Ocean Cleanup is a nonprofit organization with nearly 65 engineers and researchers designing a fleet of extremely long, V-shaped floating barrier systems that act like artificial coastlines. By placing these perpendicular to the prevailing current, the plastic debris will concentrate against the barriers so that it can more easily be collected and removed.

The Ocean Cleanup

Sharing our solutions and knowledge

With a shared passion for sustainability, DSM is proud to support The Ocean Cleanup, sharing our facilities, materials knowledge, networks and supplying Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™, for use in the floating barrier system. Dyneema is 15x stronger than steel and extremely suitable for tough marine environment.

The Ocean Cleanup aims to remove 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch over the course of 5 years. Moving towards the deployment of their first cleanup system in mid-2018, The Ocean Cleanup continues to test and verify system components. On 29 August 2017 they deployed the first part of their new North Sea prototype.

Omega-3 fatty acids from natural marine algae for animal nutrition

Omega-3 fatty acids from marine algae

Meanwhile our work with Evonik is enabling, for the first time, the production of omega-3 fatty acids for animal nutrition without using fish oil from wild caught fish, helping to restore the health of life below the water.