Sustainability Lyondell Basell Receives ISCC Plus Certification for European Polymer Sites

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Lyondell Basell has received the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) Plus certification for its cracker in Wesseling, Germany, and European polymer sites. The certificate will help the company in achieving its aim of becoming an industry leader in the production and marketing of recycled and renewable-based polymers.

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Lyondell Basell’s plant in Wesseling, Germany.
Lyondell Basell’s plant in Wesseling, Germany.
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Rotterdam/The Netherlands – Lyondell Basell has recently announced that it has obtained the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) Plus certification, one of the world’s largest sustainability certification systems, for its cracker in Wesseling, Germany, and European polymer sites. As a result of this certification, Lyondell Basell will offer mass balance certificates for its advanced (molecular) recycled and renewable-based Circulen polymers.

“In 2020, Lyondell Basell announced our goal to produce and market two million metric tons of recycled and renewable-based polymers annually by 2030,” states Richard Roudeix, Lyondell Basell Senior Vice President of Olefins and Polyolefins for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. “This ISCC Plus certification for our cracker in Wesseling, Germany, and European polymer sites is another milestone on our path to becoming an industry leader in the production and marketing of recycled and renewable-based polymers.”

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The ISCC Plus certification is well-recognized for its global certification of recycled and renewable-based materials and provides traceability along the supply chain. With the mass balance method, the company tracks how much advanced (molecular) recycled and renewable-based source material goes into the production process of its Circulen products and can attribute it to the final polymer via a Sustainability Declaration.

In addition to the ISCC Plus certification, Lyondell Basell can also offer a Carbon-14 analysis for certain products. Carbon-14 analysis is a reliable method to determine the percentage of renewable content in a physical product.

“In our journey to deliver on our sustainability ambitions, we support our customers in reaching their sustainability goals,” states Willemien Terpstra, Director Polyethylene Europe. “The ISCC Plus certification is a proven tool to verify compliance with sustainability and traceability requirements. This third-party certification is a confirmation of the concrete actions we are taking in support of a circular economy.”

Lyondell Basell will broaden the ISCC Plus certification to its sites in other regions and expects to obtain it for its North American plants later this year.

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