Germany: Plastics Ineos, UPM Biofuels Collaborate to Produce Bio-Attributed Polymers

Editor: Ahlam Rais

An agreement has been signed between both the parties under which UPM Biofuels will supply Bio Verno, a sustainable raw material to Ineos in order to produce bio-attributed polyolefins in Germany.

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Ineos plans to make a range of plastics with significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Ineos plans to make a range of plastics with significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
(Source: Ineos)

Germany – Ineos and UPM Biofuels have recently announced a long-term agreement to supply a renewable raw material for new and innovative bio-attributed polymers to be produced at Ineos Köln, Germany.

Ineos will use UPM Bio Verno, a sustainable raw material from a renewable residue of wood pulp processing, to produce bio-attributed polyolefins.

These new sustainable materials will be used in a wide range of products from plastic food packaging to medical and pipes. Applications also include Biovyn, the world’s first commercially available bio-attributed PVC, produced by Inovyn an Ineos Business.

The agreement supports Ineo’s plans to make plastic from renewable raw materials, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting a more circular approach to Ineos Olefins & Polymers production.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) has certified each step in the process, starting from UPM Biofuels converting the wood-based residue (crude tall oil) into hydrocarbons, through to the final polymer.

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The result of UPM Biofuels’ production is a bio-based cracker feedstock that does not compete with food production. By replacing fossil based raw materials with UPM BioVerno in its cracker, Ineos products will contribute to a significant reduction in carbon emissions.

Maiju Helin, Head of Sustainability and Market Development at UPM Biofuels said, “The collaboration with Ineos is a great step forward in bio-economy. UPM Bio Verno products now help to reduce climate and environmental impacts in an even broader range of applications. Ineos’s and UPM Biofuels’ commitment to RSB certification creates a strong common ground to build on.”

UPM’s bio-based cracker feedstock will be used by Ineos to make drop-in products that have a proven positive environmental impact whilst retaining the same high performance and quality standards expected by customers.

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