Using renewable resources as a raw material

One of the primary aims of our sustainability strategy is to reduce our use of fossil fuel feedstock as well as our GHG emissions.

Together with other INEOS companies and bio-refineries, we have developed an approach that uses plant-based feedstock in our petrochemical installations. Therefore, we have integrated renewable feedstock as a replacement for fossil fuel that complies with the highest sustainability criteria. This bio-attributed approach uses fewer fossil resources and has 50% to 90% lower GHG footprint (depending on the feedstock and polymers) when compared to styrene produced from fossil feedstock. This allows us to reduce fossil fuel consumption as well as save GHG emissions.

Several of our manufacturing sites have received ISCC PLUS certification from the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC). This means that the processing of the renewable feedstock along our entire supply chain is socially responsible, environmentally sustainable, and credibly sourced, ensuring that our operations are in line with the highest legal, environmental, social and management requirements. These certifications ensure audited production of recycling- and bio-attributed styrenics materials using a mass balance approach. We are now working to certify further production sites and plan to use this attribution approach at our sites to integrate renewable and recycled raw materials.

For our customers, this bio-attributed approach enables an easy transition from fossil to renewables as it offers a drop-in solution. Through this approach, we reduce the carbon footprint in our customer’s supply chain, and for them there is no compromise in performance, no product development necessary, no need to adapt technology and no new regulatory approvals needed.