Ineos to make PVC from pulp production by-product

Ineos and UPM Biofuels inked a long-term agreement to supply renewable raw material for the production of bio-attributed polymers at Ineos K?ln, Germany.

Pulp manufacture by-product can be used as a feedstock for plastics.

Ineos will use UPM BioVerno naphtha, based on crude tall oil extracted during the pulp production process and produced in the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland.

These naturally derived feedstocks will be used in a wide range of plastics in applications such as food packaging, medical and pipes. Applications also include Biovyn, the world?s first commercially available bio-attributed PVC, produced by Inovyn an Ineos Business.?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 & 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.

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."

» Publication Date: 11/02/2020

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This project has received funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 745828