Borealis and Neste begin strategic cooperation to accelerate circularity and bioeconomy in plastics

Borealis and Neste begin strategic cooperation to accelerate circularity and bioeconomy in plastics

October 22, 2019
Press Release: Neste

Using renewable feed-stocks produced primarily from waste and residue streams could be a major contribution to reducing our reliance on fossil-fuel based feed-stocks

A recently announced cooperation will enable Borealis to start using Neste’s 100% renewable propane produced with Neste’s proprietary NEXBTL technology marks the first time that Borealis has used bio-based feed-stock to partially replace fossil feed-stock in the commercial production of PP. It will also be the first time ever that renewable propane dehydrogenation has been carried out at an industrial scale. The high-quality product will offer the same excellent product properties as conventional PP and is fully recyclable.

Borealis’ propane dehydrogenation (PDH) and PP plant set-up in Kallo will enable the company to start offering bio-based propylene and consequently bio-based-PP in which bio-based content can be physically verified and measured. In addition, Borealis will continue to apply a mass balance approach in its production at Kallo and Beringen to take a major step forward to provide both renewable propylene and renewable polypropylene to its customers. The process will be certified by the ISCC Plus (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification), whose full value chain scope ensures that the renewable feed-stock used is certified renewable, sustainably produced and traceable to point of origin.

“Using renewable feed-stocks produced primarily from waste and residue streams is a major contribution to reducing our reliance on fossil fuel-based feed-stocks,” suggested Lucrèce Foufopoulos, Borealis executive vice president, Polyolefins, Innovation & Technology and Circular Economy Solutions. “Through co-operation with Neste we can offer our customers and partners a new portfolio of renewable PP solutions, helping them to make their offering more climate friendly. True to our EverMinds approach, we are a frontrunner in helping build a circular economy for plastics. Borealis will not only help protect the environment, but also build a business fit for the future.”

“Polymers and chemicals industries will play a major role in the fight against climate change,” insisted Mercedes Alonso, executive vice president, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals, Neste. “It is, therefore, very satisfying to see the industry change starting to happen towards more sustainable, climate-friendlier feed-stock alternatives. We are eager to help forerunner companies such as Borealis to start replacing fossil-based feed-stock with renewable ones.”

“Following its earlier commitment to scale its offer of recycled plastics, it is great to see Borealis continue to gradually shift its core business away from the consumption of fossil resources by producing renewable-based plastics,” commented Sander Defruyt, lead of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative. “This ambition is very much in line with the vision of a circular economy for plastics that Borealis endorsed when joining The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. In a circular economy, plastics never become waste, and plastics production shifts from a model depending on the extraction of finite fossil resources towards one based on the circulation of materials. By scaling up the production of renewable-based plastics, Borealis and Neste actively support the shift towards a circular economy for plastics.”

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