Braskem Upping Biopolymer Production (Int'l. Report)
Sao Paulo-based Brazilian petrochemical giant Braskem reports it is expanding its production capacity of green ethylene, the main feedstock derived from sugarcane ethanol
which is used in the production of renewable resins. This raw material is produced at the company's plant in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul, whose capacity will be increased from the current 200 to 260 kton/year. The expansion project, budgeted at $61 million, will be rolled out in 2021 and should be concluded in Q4, 2022.
(Source: Braskem , 22 March, 2021) Contact: Braskem, 215-841-3100 -- Philadelphia Office, www.braskem.com.br
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Braskem Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Polyolefins and biopolymers producer Braskem reports that under its 2009 long-term climate change and sustainability goals for 2020 the company aims to provide solutions that address climate change and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Under the plan, Braskem has invested in the development of I'm green ™ products sourced from renewable sources and recycled content, while in the same period reducing the intensity of carbon emissions from its operations by 20 pct. In 2018, Braskem further committed to 100 pct of plastic packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040. Braskem further committed to:
expand its I'm green ™ portfolio to include sales of 300,000 tons of recycled content products per year by 2025;
continue to expand the I'm green ™ portfolio to include sales of 1 million tpy of recycled content products by 2030;
work to divert 1.5 million tons of plastic waste away from incineration, landfill, or the environment by 2030;
deliver a 15 pct reduction in carbon emissions from Braskem operations by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality for Braskem's global operations by 2050.
Braskem's I'm green™ brand was born in 2010 together with the world's first bioplastic (green polyethylene (PE)) produced on an industrial scale, using responsibly sourced sugarcane as raw material. Cultivation of sugarcane utilized in the production of I'm green ™ polyethylene captures CO2 and releases oxygen which means Braskem's bioplastic has a negative carbon footprint. From a cradle-to-gate life-cycle perspective, every ton of I'm green ™ Polyethylene produced equates to 3.09 tons of CO2 captured from the atmosphere, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Braskem's carbon neutrality strategy focuses on reducing emissions, offsetting emissions, capturing emissions, improving energy efficiency and increased use of low carbon and renewable energy in current operations. Additionally, Braskem will continue to explore and invest in new low carbon intensity process technologies.
(Source: Braskem, Website PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Braskem, email@example.com, www.braskem.com.br/imgreen/home-en
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Braskem, Haldor Topsoe Produce Bio-Based MEG from Sugar (Int'l.)
Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in the Americas and a world leader in the production of biopolymers, and Haldor Topsoe, a global leader in supply of catalysts, technology and services for the chemical and refining industries, are reporting their first-ever demo-scale production of bio-based monoethylene glycol (MEG) using MOSAIK™ technology that transforms sugar into renewable MEG at a demonstration unit in Lyngby, Denmark.
MEG, a raw material for PET (polyethylene terephthalate) which has numerous applications including beverage bottles. Currently, MEG is predominantly made from fossil-based feedstocks, such as naphtha, gas, or coal. The global MEG market represents a value of roughly $25 billion.
(Source: Haldor Topsoe, Website PR, 27 Nov., 2020) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Kim Knudsen, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, +45 4527 2000, www.topsoe.com; Braskem, Roberto Simoes, CEO, www.braskem.com.br/usa
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