A successful value-chain collaboration, characterised by Borealis as 'a path breaking venture in sustainable production', has allowed the company to take its commitment to advance the circular economy to the next level.
At its Belgian production sites at Kallo and Beringen, Borealis since December 2019 been commercially producing PP that is based on renewably sourced propane from Neste. It is the first time the company has replaced fossil fuel-based feedstock, with Neste's renewable propane for the commercial production of PP and testifies to the company's determination to 'act consciously with the lifecycle of materials in mind', in accordance with the philosophy of its new EverMinds platform.
It also aligns with the Borealis aim to ensure that 100% of its consumer products are recyclable, reusable, or produced from renewable sources by 2025.
“Producing renewable PP based on renewable feedstock for the first time in history is another concrete step towards a more sustainable carbon future,” says Lucrèce Foufopoulos, Borealis Executive Vice President Polyolefins, Innovation and Circular Economy Solutions.
At Kallo, the renewable propane goes into the Borealis propane dehydrogenation plant and converted to renewable propylene. It is then further processed into renewable PP at both the Kallo and Beringen plants. Both plants have now also undergone audits, carried out by an independent third party, which resulted in an ISCC Plus certification for the renewable PP
In response to increasing demand, Borealis is working closely with value chain partners to expand availability, one of which is Henkel. Having made the use of sustainable materials a key pillar in its packaging strategy, Henkel will be including renewable PP content in the packaging of one of its brand over the course of the year.