Sustainable biomass for use in chemical products and plastics

The demand for products on the basis of renewable raw materials is increasing. This connects into a broader development with respect to a circular economy. But how can you guarantee that these chemical products and plastics are actually made from renewable raw materials that have been produced and processed in a sustainable manner? This requires unambiguous criteria. In addition, the product chains for chemical products and plastics are long and involve many links. Within the production of chemical products and plastics, the various process steps involve multiple raw materials and semi-manufactured products being processed into sometimes very complex end products. How can certified biomass be traced within the chain and which product claims can be applied?

The partners in Green Deal Green Certificates have developed a method whereby companies in the production chain can demonstrate that they are processing sustainable biomass in a transparent manner. Buyers can then be sure that these plastics and chemical products are contributing towards the sustainable transition from fossil to renewable raw materials.

Theo Stijnen, Director PlasticsEurope-Nederland
“Theo Stijnen, in his role as Director PlasticsEurope-Nederland, the body that represents the interests of plastics’ producers, has monitored developments within the Green Deal and shared this information with the companies which produce plastics, in order to point them towards the options for producing and certifying bio-based plastics.”
Erik de Ruijter, Director of Policy and Advice NRK
“The member companies and NRK opted for corporate social responsibility in 2000. Since then, many steps have been taken in what is now known as the ‘circular economy’. However, we still have a long way to go. We are working towards increasing the use of biomass as feedstock in the production of plastic products. Products that can and must fulfil increasingly high quality requirements for customers. That is why the Green certificate is so valuable: it guarantees the use of biomass in top quality products, allowing satisfied users to contribute towards the reduction of the use of finite raw materials and CO2 emissions.”
Reinier Gerrits, Head of energy and climate of VNCI
“In its recent overview of targets for 2030, the VNCI confirmed its ambition from the Chemicals Roadmap 2030, to use 15% of renewable raw materials by 2030. In order for this to be achieved, many technological developments and supportive policies will have to be developed. With this green deal, VNCI and other participants are working on one of the preconditions for taking a significant step in terms of ‘greening’ raw material usage in the chemicals sector.”
Dessa Langevoort, Head of communication and public relations for BASF
“BASF has been creating chemicals for over 150 years: with both innovative solutions but also ground-breaking processes for a sustainable future. Together with our Green Deal partners, we can now replace fossil raw materials with certified biomass in the Netherlands at the request of the customer, without changing production characteristics. We are thus contributing, with our customers, to the expansion of a circular economy with less CO2 and that is what it’s all about!”
Bert Bosman, Technical manager energy & sustainability at SABIC
“SABIC has an ambitious sustainability programme encompassing strict targets with respect to energy, greenhouse gases, water and waste. We look at our own processes but also our raw materials and products. Raising sustainability within the entire product chain, from raw material to product, could benefit enormously from a transparent certification system as offered by the Green Deal. We are delighted with the results that have been achieved and this attractive website.”
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