Shell to Provide Braskem With Biobased Propylene

March 18, 2024
Third-party certified material follows mass-balance approach, mixing sustainable and non-sustainable material.

Shell Chemicals will supply Braskem with propylene feedstocks partially sourced from biobased materials.

Braskem said March 15 it will use the feedstocks to produce bio-attributed and bio-circular polypropylene.

The feedstocks will satisfy growing consumer demand for more sustainable options in packaging, film, automotive and consumer goods, the company said.

The feedstocks have been third-party certified using the mass-balance approach, a sustainability measurement that allows for the blending of biobased and non-sustainable material.

Both Shell and Braskem are looking to reduce their reliance on virgin materials. Shell has also set a target to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50% by 2030 compared to 2016 levels on a net basis.

"Shell is progressing its strategy to lower greenhouse gas emissions from its operations and to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050," said Sean Clarry, Shell Chemicals' senior vice president, commercial.

Braskem also has commited to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

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