What are your sustainability goals for the coming years?
Barillari: The entire Röchling Group has a very clear strategy in this regard. We want to be one of the pioneering suppliers of plastics made from biomaterials by 2035. Our bioplastic is already on the market now and we have received our first orders, but we also want to develop this area progressively. We want to bring a bioalternative to market for every product we manufacture, so that we will have to use less and less petrochemical materials in the coming years.
What responsibility do you think the automotive industry has when it comes to environmental and climate protection?
Barillari: We are seeing all our customers moving in this direction and pursuing the goal of producing in a climate-neutral way. But not only that – more and more is being recycled and new, alternative raw materials are being used. These demands are also being placed on suppliers by vehicle manufacturers. The entire supply chain through to production is to become climate-neutral in the next ten years. This can be achieved, for example, by using renewable raw materials and climate-neutral energy methods such as solar panels or hydro-electrics. However, it is not just demands that are being made and targets that are being communicated; intensive work is already underway in a wide range of research groups. For example, life cycle assessment requirements are being looked at for each product and calculations are being made to determine how far we are from climate neutrality there. The next steps can then be evaluated and tackled.