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Renewable Chemicals Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Type (Alcohols, Biopolymers, Organic Acids, Ketones, and Others), Application (Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical, Packaging Products, Cleaning & Detergent Products, Automotive, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2021-2028

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The global renewable chemicals market size was USD 113.21 billion in 2020 and is projected to grow from USD 117.76 billion in 2021 to USD 252.55 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 11.5% in 2021-2028. Based on the analysis, the global market exhibited a lower growth of 2.0% in 2020 compared to the average year-on-year growth during 2017-2019. 

The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with renewable chemicals witnessing a negative impact on demand across all regions amid the pandemic. The rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.

Chemicals derived from renewable sources, including agricultural waste, agricultural feedstock, biomass, microorganisms, and organic waste products, are known as renewable or bio-based chemicals. They have a reduced carbon footprint than traditional petro-based compounds and are frequently used as a replacements. Some commonly found renewable chemicals include polymeric hemicellulose, lignin, starch, cellulose, protein, oils, plant extractives, and amino acids. The adoption of renewable types of chemicals and polymers in many end-user industries has grown rapidly due to rising greenhouse gas emissions and the depletion of fossil resources. Moreover, the government's increasing promotional activities for eco-friendly and bio-based products will also help the market develop sustainably throughout the forecast period.


Supply Chain Disruption Due to Spread of COVID-19 Resulted in Market Decline

The COVID-19 pandemic had an adverse impact on the market of renewable chemicals. Chemical manufacturers play a significant role in producing plastic, fertilizers, and packaging products. Due to the pandemic, numerous non-essential facilities were temporarily shut down, which negatively affected the market. In addition, temporary lockdown and suspended flight services severely impacted the supply and manufacturing chain. However, several players are pursuing necessary measures to upscale from damages suffered during the complete shutdown of manufacturing units and factories. For example, many players in the market have started with the manufacturing of PPE products, including hand sanitizers, masks, and kits. As a result, the market is expected to stabilize in the upcoming years.


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Increasing Adoption of Eco-friendly Chemicals is a Prominent Trend

The growing demand for eco-friendly chemicals from various end-use industries such as agriculture, pharmaceuticals, packaging, food & beverages, and automotive provides significant growth opportunities. Nowadays, major chemical producers are shifting their focus toward adopting natural sources to produce various chemicals to reduce dependence on fossil-based resources. Additionally, governmental structures have placed strict regulations on adopting and disposing of petroleum-based chemicals to prevent harmful effects on individuals and the environment. This would further result in increased adoption of bio-based chemicals. Moreover, rising governmental support for using eco-friendly sources & processes coupled with technological innovations will further fuel the renewable chemicals market growth. Additionally, booming shale gas extraction benefits market growth.


Rising Consumption of Renewable Alcohols in Several Industries to Boost Market Growth

The increasing use of renewable alcohols for industrial applications such as solvents, fuel & fuel additives, and beverages will drive the market growth. Renewable alcohols are mainly comprised of ethanol and methanol. Nowadays, ethanol is increasingly used as an oxygenate additive for regular gasoline. Its high adoption can also be seen in manufacturing power fuel cells and biodiesel. Additionally, several manufacturers have also added bio-based ethanol in their product portfolio, owing to its benefits along with environmental friendliness. For instance, in April 2019, Braskem developed its first sugarcane-based ethanol-based partly renewable solvent. The oxygenated solvents group's HE-70S product employs bio-based carbon as a raw material. In contrast, methanol is used to make compounds such as formaldehyde and acetic acid, which are further utilized in foams, adhesives, solvents, plywood subfloors, and windshield washer fluid. Hence, the rising demand for renewable alcohol will propel the growth of the market during the forecasted timeline.


High Price of Renewable Chemicals to Hamper Market Growth

The high price of renewable chemicals is a major restraint to the market growth. Complex manufacturing processes and high-cost processing leads to an increase in the overall cost of these chemicals. Manufacturing also requires the need for skilled labor and big machinery. Such factors directly influence the price of bio-based chemicals and make them costlier. Also, when compared to synthetic counterparts, certain renewable alternatives have proved to be exceedingly expensive. Moreover, lack of consumer understanding and lower purchasing power of these chemicals, particularly in Africa and Asia Pacific’s growing economies, may also restrict product consumption.


By Type Analysis

Alcohols Segment to Hold Largest Share in Market during Forecast Period

Based on type, the market is segmented into alcohols, biopolymers, organic acids, ketones, and others. The alcohol segment is anticipated to hold the highest market share in the global market for renewable chemicals. Non-renewable resources have become scarcer and the fluctuating crude oil prices have increased the demand for bio-alcohols such as bioethanol, biobutanol, and bio methanol. The rising need for vehicles as a result of population increase has boosted demand for biofuels in emerging nations and the bio-alcohol market potential. Also, renewable alcohol is ecologically friendly and helps minimize carbon emissions compared to conventional fuels. Hence, such factors will promote the segment growth during the forecasted timeframe.

The bio-polymers segment is forecast to grow at the highest CAGR during 2021-2028. Biopolymers offer excellent mechanical properties and beneficial characteristics such as catalysis of bio-activity, wound healing, and non-toxicity. Such properties increase their demand in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and drug delivery. Organic acid comprises acetic acid, lactic acid, uric acid, oxalic acid, and malic acid. These acids are generally added to foods as flavorings, preservatives, and acidulants to inactivate or inhibit the growth of foodborne pathogens and spoilage microorganisms. Rising health consciousness amongst the people coupled with increasing demand for ketone-based beverages to lose weight will augment the ketones segment growth.  

By Application Analysis

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Chemical Segment was Largest Application for Renewable Chemicals in 2020

Based on application, the market is segmented into petrochemical, pharmaceutical, packaging products, cleaning & detergent products, automotive, and others. The chemical segment held the highest share of the global market in 2020. The rapid growth of the chemical industry, in China and India, due to increasing demand for chemicals from various end-use industries such as pharmaceutical, food & beverages, consumer goods, and agriculture has fueled the segment growth.

The packaging industry is expected to register the fastest growth rate during the forecast period. Biopolymers, such as polysaccharides, lipids, polyesters, and proteins, are mainly adopted in packaging. The demand is attributed to their better optical and mechanical properties. This results in increased product demand in this segment. The rapidly growing healthcare industry and high demand for organic acid, formic acid, and acetic acid in the pharmaceutical industry will propel the segment growth. In the cleaning & detergent segment, bio-based enzymes and surfactants are used in detergent. This helps remove dirt and ensures a higher degree of stain removal, fabric & color care, whiteness, and overall cleaning performance. The rapid growth of the automotive industry and innovation in hybrid & passenger vehicles will fuel the product demand from the automotive segment. This will increase the demand for polybutylene succinate (PBS), a biopolymer, owing to its good tensile strength and heat resistance properties. 


Asia Pacific Renewable Chemicals Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)

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The renewable chemicals market size in Asia Pacific stood at USD 71.43 billion in 2020. The increasing environmental concern has led governments within the region to promote the production of eco-friendly products & chemicals. This is surging the product demand, thereby contributing toward the market growth in Asia Pacific. In this region, China holds the highest market share and is the fastest-growing country. The rising manufacturing of bio-polymers, increasing research & development activities, and growing chemical industry are prominent factors fueling the demand for bio-based chemicals in China.

In North America, the U.S. is a leading contributor due to expansion in e-commerce and food & beverage industries. This increases the demand for biopolymers and ketones applications in packaging and beverages. In Europe, the high demand for the product is associated with growth in the automotive industry. The increasing adoption of ethylene glycol as a coolant for engines as it offers superior protection against boil-over, freezing, cavitation, erosion, and corrosion is fueling regional growth.

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In Latin America, the market growth is attributed to the rising consumption of alcohols such as ethanol and methanol in the solvents industry utilized in the cosmetics, beverages, and pharmaceuticals industries. Moreover, the pharmaceutical industry expansion in the Middle East & Africa will showcase significant market growth in the near future. This expansion results in increasing demand for biopolymers in tissue engineering and drug delivery applications. Hence, rapid growth of the pharmaceutical industry is fueling the market growth in the Middle East & Africa. 


Business Expansion is a Strategic Initiative Implemented by Companies

Key companies operating in the market are Trucent, BRASKEM, Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM), Amyris Inc., and BASF SE. These companies are involved in capacity improvement, product innovation, acquisition, and collaborations in the market. BRASKEM is a petrochemical company in Latin America and a leading player in the international chemical markets. The company has been investing in research & developments to improve the efficiency of natural resources and post-consumer waste. Its renewable chemicals research center was established in2014 and recognized with some of the company's most important breakthroughs.


  • Trucent (U.S.)

  • BRASKEM (Brazil)

  • Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM) (U.S.)

  • Amyris Inc. (U.S.)

  • BASF SE (Germany)

  • Bioamber Inc (Canada)

  • Biomethanol Chemie Nederland B.V (Netherlands)

  • Cargill Inc (U.S.)

  • DSM, E. I (Netherlands)

  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Japan)


  • July 2020: Praj Industries launched a new Bio-Prism portfolio that manufactures bio-based renewable chemicals and materials (RCM). Praj’s Bio-Prism portfolio comprises a variety of bio-industrial products, including bioplastics as a priority along with cellulose-lignin refinery products and specialty products. This launch expands its product portfolio and will help in revenue generation.


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The market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on crucial aspects such as leading companies, product types, applications, and products. Also, it provides quantitative data in terms of volume and value, market analysis, research methodology for market data, and insights into market trends. It highlights vital industry developments and the competitive landscape. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses various factors that have contributed to the growth of the market in recent years.

Report Scope & Segmentation



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Type, Application, and Region

By Type

  • Alcohols

  • Biopolymers

  • Organic Acids

  • Ketones

  • Others

By Application

  • Petrochemicals

  • Pharmaceutical

  • Packaging Products

  • Cleaning & Detergent products

  • Automotive

  • Others

By Region

  • North America (By Type, By Application, By Country)

    • U.S. (By Application)

    • Canada (By Application)

  • Europe (By Type, By Application, By Country)

    • Germany (By Application)

    • Italy (By Application)

    • France (By Application)

    • Spain (By Application)

    • U.K. (By Application)

    • Rest of Europe (By Application)

  • Asia Pacific (By Type, By Application, By Country)

    • China (By Application)

    • India (By Application)

    • Japan (By Application)

    • Southeast Asia (By Application)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Application)

  • Latin America (By Type, By Application, By Country)

    • Brazil (By Application)

    • Mexico (By Application)

    • Rest of Latin America (By Application)

  • Middle East & Africa (By Type, By Application, By Country)

    • Saudi Arabia (By Application)

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa (By Application)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 113.21 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 252.55 billion by 2028.

In 2020, the market value stood at USD 113.21 billion.

Growing at a CAGR of 11.5%, the market will exhibit rapid growth in the forecast period (2021-2028).

The chemical segment is expected to lead the market during the forecast period.

The rising consumption of renewable alcohol is the key factor driving the market.

China held the highest share in the market in 2020.

Trucent, BRASKEM, Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM), Amyris Inc., and BASF SE are the leading players in the market.

The rapid growth in the chemical industry and government initiatives for the adoption of natural products are anticipated to boost the consumption of the product.

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