INEOS, UPM Biofuels ink supply agreement for renewable raw materials to make plastic

The world’s first commercially available bio-attributed PVC is to use residue from a wood pulp manufacture

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.

INEOS and UPM Biofuels have 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 BioVerno, 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 INEOS plans to make plastic from renewable raw materials, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting a more circular approach to INEOS olefins and 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.

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 the bio-economy. UPM BioVerno 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.

Rob Ingram, CEO INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe North, said: “The agreement supports INEOS plans to make plastics from renewable raw materials, which contribute to a significant reduction in carbon emissions.”

"We are pleased to be working with UPM Biofuels. They place fundamental importance on commitment to innovation and resource efficiency as well as social and environmental responsibility. This partnership in combination with RSB certification gives customers the confidence that they are choosing a high quality, sustainable product."

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