World’s first climate-neutral polycarbonate resin
These polycarbonate grades are climate neutral from cradle to gate1
, thanks to the introduction of raw materials coming from mass-balanced bio-waste and residues2
and renewable energy into the production process. Covestro is already supplying ISCC PLUS certified polycarbonates
based on renewable feedstock attributed via the mass balance approach, with a significant carbon footprint reduction. Mass balance is a chain of custody method to track materials through the value chains and allows allocation of renewable feedstock to selected end products.
"With the use of renewable energy, Covestro is expected to cut carbon emissions completely for these selected products from cradle to gate. These products have the same good quality and performance as fossil-based polycarbonates, and are a drop-in replacement without the need to modify existing processes or workflows," says Jimena Ruesta, Venture Manager, Sustainability Solutions at Covestro’s Polycarbonates segment. The first climate-neutral products are going to be delivered from the company’s European sites later this year, to be followed by sites in other regions including China, in agreement with market requirements.
Meanwhile, Covestro announced that it is now offering post-consumer recycled (PCR) polycarbonates on its flagship store at 1688.com, China’s leading B2B trading platform under the Alibaba Group, to better support its customers in reaching their sustainability targets with this digital approach. With 75 percent recycled content, the PCR grade offered on 1688.com reduces the carbon footprint by 50 percent compared to the virgin grade.