LyondellBasell Makes PE, PP With Certified Renewable Content

Oct. 20, 2021
LyondellBasell is now manufacturing polypropylene and polyethylene on a commercial scale with measurable and certified C14 renewable content from renewable feedstock.

LyondellBasell says it is now manufacturing polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) on a commercial scale with measurable and certified C14 renewable content from renewable feedstock. The product offering reportedly uses feedstocks that are not in competition with the food chain. The renewable feedstock is supplied by Neste and is produced 100% from bio-based waste and residues, such as used cooking oils. It also offers a lower carbon footprint compared with fossil-based polymers, is made in Europe and will be marketed globally under the name CirculenRenew, according to the company. 

The renewable content in this grade of CirculenRenew is measured by a third party to ensure that the carbon-14 content of the polymer is consistent with renewable feedstocks and stated as a parameter on the Certificate of Analysis (CoA), says LyondellBasell. The new CirculenRenew grades are drop-in solutions and reportedly don’t require any modification of existing processing equipment. 

“Our cooperation with LyondellBasell is based on our shared commitment towards combating climate change and accelerating the shift to a circular economy,” says Mercedes Alonso, executive vice president, renewable polymers and chemicals at Neste.

CirculenRenew is another of LyondellBasell’s Circulen sustainable product family which was launched earlier this year and includes:

  • CirculenRecover polymers are made from plastic waste through a mechanical recycling process; 
  • CirculenRevive polymers are made using an advanced (molecular) recycling process to convert plastic waste into feedstock, which is used to produce new polymers, using a mass balance approach that have a wide range of uses.

 For more information, visit: www.lyondellbasell.com

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