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The pilot of the small Twin Otter plane descends, and drops the nose of the aircraft, which is equipped with integrated snow runners, to land on the glacier on the Antarctic continent. The roar of the engine seems to make little impression on the small penguin. It pauses on the ice, motionless, as if it knows there is no danger. Technically feasibleIn reality, the danger lies elsewhere: in increasing global warming, which contributes to the melting of the polar ice caps and thus threatens the penguin’s habitat. The main culprit is the greenhouse gas CO2, which is generated by such sources as industrial production processes. Significant reduction of CO2 emissions and more efficient use of resources are among the biggest challenges we face in the next few years. A new study by the US Department of Energy shows just how great these challenges are. The study reveals that in 2010, such factors as the improved world economy caused the largest increase in CO2 emissions ever recorded. Worldwide CO2 emissions increased by 500 million metric tons, or 6 percent, with the greatest increases in the emerging markets. It is all the more important, then—in keeping with the philosophy of small steps—to develop sustainable climate protection projects such as Evonik’s innovative AVENEER® process. Among its advantages, it dispenses with the sulphuric acid that is normally used in the production of methylmethacrylate (MMA). It also significantly reduces CO2 emissions through direct process emissions. In addition, AVENEER® more or less eliminates the SO2 emissions that occur with established processes. As Gregor Hetzke, head of Evonik’s Performance Polymers Business Unit, explains, "Over the last few years, we’ve worked feverishly on proving that the new process is technically feasible, and that it saves costs and conserves resources as anticipated."