Petrotahlil - Borealis has started to produce PP based on Neste-produced renewable feedstock in its production facilities in Kallo and Beringen, Belgium.
Borealis' plant in Kallo, Belgium
This marks the first time that Borealis has replaced fossil fuel-based feedstock in its large-scale commercial production of PP. The Belgian plants were recently awarded by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) organisation with ISCC Plus certification for its renewable PP.
This venture into sustainable production is being driven in close collaboration with upstream and downstream value chain partners such as Neste and Henkel. It also aligns with the Borealis aim to ensure 100 per cent of its consumer products are recyclable, reusable, or produced from renewable sources by 2025.
Borealis and Neste are moving the industry closer to a circular economy of plastics due to the production of renewable PP.
Lucrèce Foufopoulos, Borealis Executive Vice President Polyolefins, Innovation and Circular Economy Solutions, said: “Producing renewable PP based on renewable feedstock for the first time in history is another concrete step towards a more sustainable carbon future. Working closely with partners like Neste and Henkel, who share our EverMinds mind-set, is key to shaping a better tomorrow. Thinking circular means capitalising on growth opportunities that accelerate the transformation to a circular economy.”
After producing renewable propane using its NEXBTL technology, Neste sells the renewable propane to the Borealis propane dehydrogenation plant in Kallo. Here it is converted to renewable propylene, then subsequently to renewable PP at Kallo and Beringen.
Mercedes Alonso, Executive Vice President, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals, Neste, added: “It is great to see, for the first time in history, a propane dehydrogenation facility using renewable propane to replace fossil feedstock, enabling Borealis to produce mass balance certified renewable polypropylene for sustainability-focused brands like Henkel. This is an exceptional example of collaboration across the value chain making a positive sustainability impact in the polymers sector.''